October 2017 Around Town 3


Pumpkinfest, Middle Tennessee’s largest family fall festival, returns for its 34th renewal on Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More than 65,000 people are expected to be in attendance for the festival that stretches along Main Street in Downtown Franklin, and its avenues.

Among the many attractions are costume contests, live entertainment, art and craft vendors and extreme pumpkin carving.

Third Avenue South will be transformed into a full block of free children’s activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with bounce houses, pony rides, face painting, games, and a dedicated preschool area.

Traditional favorites like corn dogs, funnel cakes, fried catfish, and chicken tenders will be available at the Street Festival Food & Beer Tent. Dedicated food zones will be positioned around the Public Square, on Third Avenue South and on Fourth Avenue South, where a beer tent will also be located.

After dark, Franklin’s historic cemeteries will come to life with first-person stories of some of the folks buried there. The cemetery tours will run from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit FranklinOnFoot.com.
In addition to the parking in and around the downtown area, parking and shuttle service will be available from Church of the City and Harlinsdale Farm for $1 per person each way. No pets, non-folding strollers, or food or drink (except bottled water) is allowed on the trolleys.

Pumpkinfest is produced by The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County.

More information is available online at HistoricFranklin.com.


The Franklin Police Department began issuing newly designed badges to officers in September. The updated design incorporates Franklin’s City Seal set over a rendering of Franklin Police Headquarters.

“Throughout history, shields were used to protect those responsible for protecting others,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “Our shields are a symbol of integrity and authority. Our badge has evolved from generic to unique and is an acknowledgment, of every officer who wears it, that we value our oath to serve this special city, our residents, and one another.”