Franklin Cruise-In Finale evokes pre-COVID era

Published 5:44 pm Wednesday, October 12, 2022

The 2022 Franklin Cruise-In Finale was embraced by people in the community and beyond as downtown Franklin featured a crowd Saturday, Oct. 8, that organizers said was similar to pre-COVID times.

As for how many vehicles were involved in this year’s event, Franklin Cruise-In organizer Mike Smith said, “We believe it was close to 300,” noting that it is difficult to get a true count since it is a cruise-in, meaning people come and go and registration is not required.

“Our largest number was 417, and that was pre-COVID,” he said. “Now, I think the fear of COVID is over, so people are looking to get out, looking to do things, and so we’re starting to see a larger number of people coming to visit downtown Franklin again, and that’s really our goal is to bring people to downtown Franklin, see our town, visit our businesses and enjoy them and show the people from around the other areas what we have to offer.”

Saturday’s weather played a helpful role in making the finale a success.

“We couldn’t have asked for anything better,” Smith said. “(There) was no chance of rain. Cloud cover kept it a little cool, so there were no overheating issues like we’ve had during the year, so the weather was absolutely perfect for it.”

The eighth annual Franklin Cruise-In season began May 7 and continued on Wednesday evenings, culminating in Saturday’s finale.