Fourth annual Franklin Downtown Festival fun for all ages

Rowdy Watkins tries to hit a bouncy home run.


What started four years ago as a small car show and street festival has grown into full-fledged downtown event. The car show grew with record number of participants. Three races where run to promote PopWarner football. Miss Heather’s students wowed with their dance skills learned at “The Dance Room”. Food was plentiful, vendors were happy to be selling and the bouncy houses were constantly bouncing with children. Overall, the Franklin Downtown Lion’s Club did an excellent job with this year’s event.

The car show drew 58 entries this year, plus 12 volunteer’s cars for a total of 70 cars in the show. Car lovers came from all over Texas to compete for top honors in the Lion’s Club car show.  Winners of the coveted Law Enforcement trophies were Mike Morrison of Bandera who won the DPS trophy, Ronny Keys of Bryan took home the Franklin PD trophy and Randy Threadgill of Hearne won the Sheriff’s trophy. Mike Thibodeaux won second place in the modified car division with his replica of a 1932 Ford made famous in the movie, American Graffitti. Dale Marriott, of B&D Wrecker service in Franklin, took second in the pre-1950 original cars.

This year was the first annual 5K Fury, 5K Color Fury and the 1K kid’s Color Fury fun run to promote PopWarner football in Robertson County. The kids and adults alike enjoyed the weather, the run and even getting covered from head to toe in colored powder. Those who completed the color runs looked like colorful eggs being hidden on Easter morning. Laurie Kimbrough, who helped organize the runs, said “we hope to grow this event in the next couple of years. It was a lot of fun for runners and organizers alike.” No one kept score of who came in first, but one runner in the 5K Color Fury, Nathaniel Collins, wanted to run with the adults. He worked to raise the money to run. He was the first to cross the finish line and his family and friends were there to cheer him across the finish line.

There was so much to enjoy at the Downtown Festival. Local young people entertained family and friends with music and dance. Food vendors filled the streets with delicious smells of sausage wraps, fajitas and funnel cakes. The Cowboy Church had a roping booth and the Lion’s Club had a mechanical bull. The weather was beautiful all day and into the night when crowds gathered for a street dance. The Lion’s Club has set the bar high and will have a difficult time exceeding this year’s amazing festival in fun.

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