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20th Annual Harvest Festival Was a Great Success

Many hands make light work as Harvest Festival volunteers worked with Lisa Piana, of the Franklin Downtown Partnership (shown center) to pull off a great event. Photo used courtesy of Franklin Downtown Partnership.

After the rain, came a fresh new day. And that’s what thousands of people enjoyed at the Harvest Festival. It was a sunny and splendid afternoon even though the festival had been moved from its original date to the October 1st rain date the next day.
It was a great day reports Scott Martin, Harvest Festival Chair and President of the Franklin Downtown Partnership. “We had an excellent turnout. People were excited. Businesses were ready with lots of interesting and engaging activities. It was a nice way for people to get to know business owners, and owners get better acquainted with their customers. A win-win!”
People strolled around Main Street and the parking lots where more than one hundred vendor booths showcased their services and wares. Many community groups and clubs were there as well to talk about their activities and their organization mission. The Franklin Fire Department truck was busy with kids sitting in the front seat.
At Escape Into Fiction, a steady stream of visitors came through the doors all day. Owner April Rock said it was more even successful this year from last year. “I was keeping track of the number of visitors and lost count of people walking in and out, after a while!” she said.
Dom DeBaggis played classic tunes on his guitar near Dean Bank, while at the other end of Main Street, near Little Shop of Oils, MyFM did their radio broadcast and played lots of fun popular songs. A group of teens started dancing in unison on Main Street.
The Franklin Downtown Partnership extends its gratitude to everyone for all their support that made this year’s event a success. The partnership sends a final big thank you to all the sponsors of the Harvest Festival to fund and support it.
A special thank you to vendor coordinators Roberta Trahan and Pandora Carlucci who did a great job keeping the vendors informed about the weather change and throughout the planning process.
Another special thank you to Dean Bank. All the proceeds from their sold-out cider and donut sales went to the Downtown Partnership to help fund the festival.
Finally, thank you to all the student and adult volunteers who helped make the day run smoothly. They were a terrific group of high school and college students who were friendly and helpful and stepped right in to make it a successful event.
The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a non-profit 501©3 organization made up of more than 350 business owners, residents, and community leaders working to revitalize downtown Franklin. Residents can join the Downtown Partnership for only $25. The Partnership manages events like the Strawberry Stroll and the Harvest Festival, and initiatives such as beautification, streetscape design, greenspace, alley murals, and sculpture projects. For more information go to