By BROOKE WANSER
The Heritage Foundation will once again host their annual spring celebration, the Main Street Festival, in downtown Franklin on April 28 – 29.
Though sweltering heat and a tornado watch curtailed some visitors’ days during last year’s festival, the event is estimated to draw 130,000 this year, a 10,000-person projected uptick from last year.
New attraction include a Battle of the Bands segment, from noon until 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 29. Guests can hear performances from high school age musicians while they compete for more than $10,000 in prizes.
A worship service on town square also will be a part of the festivities, beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Musicians will play on three stages: the Guitar Center Stage on the town square, the Music Corner located in side the Mantra Artisan Ales beer tent, and at the corner of First Avenue and Main Street. Visit williamsonheritage.org for the performance schedule, which will include the “Wannabeatles” tribute band on Saturday.
More than 150 artisans and vendors will sell handmare wares, including jewelry, pottery, furniture and leatherwork.
Twenty-five food vendors will sell roasted corn, barbeque, Greek and Mexican food and Italian ice, along with more traditional style festival food. The Mantra beer garden located on Fourth Avenue South will offer libations.
The festival run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 29. The festival is free and open to the public.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County and its division, the Downtown Franklin Association, and their missions, respectively: to protect and preserve the architectural, geographical and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of Downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.