4,000 to 6,000 attend Fall Festival

Published 11:41 am Monday, October 4, 2010

People filled the downtown during the Franklin Fall Festival on Saturday. -- Andrew Faison | Tidewater News

FRANKLIN—The rain quit long enough for a dry, two-day Franklin Fall Festival that brought between 4,000 and 6,000 people to the downtown on Saturday.

Friday evening’s events brought in another 1,000, said Dan Howe, manager of Downtown Franklin Association.

“We had a good crowd,” Howe said.

Disc jockey Jay Jenkins, who was scheduled to play Friday night, had to bow out after his Windsor, N.C., business experienced flooding from last week’s heavy rainfall. Coast to Coast entertainment substituted.

“Tony Longoria did a good job as a backup,” Howe said.

TFC out of Norfolk performed live music later into the evening.

“They came on and did a great job,” Howe said. “They’re a good show band.”

The downtown streets were busy for the craft show, car show and other events on Saturday.

“I usually drive a golf cart when people are setting up, and I had to park it,” Howe said. “Between the weather, volunteers, sponsors and citizens, we had a lot of people who came out for the event.”