Downtown Franklin was beginning to look stormy midday Thursday, but the National Weather Service says the forecast is for dry and sunny conditions for the weekend’s Main Street Festival. // Photo by John McBryde
By JOHN McBRYDE
By the time the first selection is made this evening in the NFL Draft in downtown Nashville, the thousands attending the major event could be getting wet.
But for those running in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon Saturday morning and especially those planning to attend the 36th Annual Main Street Festival in downtown Franklin Saturday and Sunday, the weather looks to be ideal.
That’s according to the forecast from the Nashville office of the National Weather Service.
“There will be showers and thunderstorms and maybe some wind gusts later this afternoon and evening,” said Faith Borden, a meteorologist with the NWS. “We’re not expecting anything severe.
“But obviously, any storm with lightning is dangerous. We are keeping an eye on that area and making sure, working with the emergency manager, that if anything does happen, they’re aware.”
Borden said the rain could get heavier by 9 or 10 tonight, but should start moving out by around lunchtime Friday. The rest of the weekend looks dry and sunny, with lows in the upper 40s Saturday morning and highs in the mid-70s both Saturday and Sunday. There is a slight chance (20%) of showers Saturday night.
Main Street Festival lineup has little bit of everything
With the favorable forecast for both Saturday and Sunday, attendance at the Main Street Festival hosted by the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County and presented by First Tennessee Bank is expected to be high. It is typically around 100,000 each year.
Guests can experience new activities such as the Bark Lounge sponsored by Mars Petcare, Bavarian Bierhaus Beer Garden, Leiper’s Fork Distillery Whiskey Lounge, Heritage Foundation’s Heritage Classroom Hands-On History Experience, Photo Challenge Scavenger Hunt, and the Little Miss Main Street Pageant sponsored by Sweet CeCe’s.
Traditional activities include arts and crafts, food trucks, photo-ops, Heritage Foundation VIP Member Lounge sponsored by Efficiency Home Improvement, and the Kid’s Zone sponsored by Stride Rite.
There is also limited parking downtown (no street parking within the festival footprint). Franklin Transit will offer shuttle services to and from Main Street Festival. Shuttle rides are $1 per person each way and will be available both days.
All Franklin Transit vehicles are ADA accessible. No pets (except certified service dogs), non-folding strollers, or food and drink except bottled water are permitted on the trolleys. Franklin Transit pickup locations will be the Park at Harlinsdale Farm on both Saturday and Sunday and Church of the City on Saturday only. For handicap accessible parking, please use the Second and Fourth Avenue garages or Franklin Transit’s Park & Ride service.
Main Stage: Saturday
10 a.m. – Opening Remarks & Ribbon Cutting
10:20 a.m. – Belles of Franklin
10:30 a.m. – Little Miss Main Street Pageant
1 p.m. – Ann Carroll School of Dance
1:30 p.m. – WCPR Rhythm & Spirit Program
2:45 p.m. – Joseph Shackleford
3:30 p.m. – Rodeo Gypsy
4 p.m. – Smith & Gone
5 p.m. – Taylon Hope
5:45 p.m. – Sweet Tea Trio
Main Stage: Sunday
11 a.m. – Histown Dance Academy
11:30 a.m. – Grassland Dance Academy
12 p.m. – Stage Right School of Performing Arts
12:30 p.m. – ROOTS Music & Dance Academy
1:30 p.m. – Rocky Top Revue
2:30 p.m. – Carly Moffa
3:15 p.m. – Nalani & Josh
4 p.m. – The Rische’s featuring Lillie Mae
4:45 p.m. – Dawn Beyer
GSRM Acoustic Corner Stage (Landmark Booksellers parking lot): Saturday
10:30 a.m. – Eagle Jump Force
11 a.m. – Conservatory of Annie Moses
1 p.m. – Jessica Miller
2 p.m. – Steven Cade
3 p.m. – Zach Ray
4 p.m. – Carson Hill
GSRM Acoustic Corner Stage (Landmark Booksellers parking lot): Sunday
11:30 a.m. – Anthony Panagopoulos
12:30 a.m. – Hailey Dawn
1:30 p.m. – Alayna Carroll
2:30 p.m. – Anthony Michael
3:30 p.m. – Kristen Cothron