PHOTO: An enormous crowd overtook the Eat the Street Festival at Franklin’s Bicentennial Park on Friday, May 4, 2018.//Brooke Wanser
By BROOKE WANSER
Casting aside any stormy anxieties, thousands passed through Bicentennial Park in Franklin for the seventh annual Eat the Street Festival Friday night.
Thunderstorms and rain had been predicted for Friday night all week, but the rain held off as participants enjoyed food from more than 30 trucks on a warm, cloudy evening.
Families gathered with dogs and children on the grass at the park, taking their pick of Southern, Korean, Thai, Mexican and New England cuisine- and of course, dessert.
The event was begun in 2012 as a fundraiser for the 21st District Recovery Court, a rehabilitation program for addicted criminal offenders.
Volunteers wound through the street, asking for donations to fund housing and treatment while in the program; some were recovering addicts.
The recovery court program is an intensive program, lasting at least two years, and ultimately, a way for addicts to get clean, learn a how to maintain healthy lifestyle, and rejoin their communities.
Seventy-five percent of drug court graduates stay free from future criminal offense.
Visit the website here to learn more about the work the drug court does.