10th annual Choose Franklin Day on Saturday to kick off with parade

FRANKLIN — The Tenth Annual Choose Franklin Community Day will be held on Saturday, May 10, rain or shine. This year's event, sponsored by Franklin Rotary, Franklin Savings Bank and Watts Water Technology, will take place at Odell Park, located on Memorial Street in downtown Franklin.

Activities will begin at 10 a.m. when booths, games, and food concessions open for the day. There will be a Wildlife Encounters show at 11 a.m. – shows are free courtesy of Hope Community Chapel. Karate demonstrations will be held at noon and the Franklin Public Library will sponsor a performance by award winning children's musician Steve Blunt at 1 p.m. at the Odell gazebo. In addition there will be a laser tag area, bounce houses, a climbing wall and bungee jump, along with children's games and activities throughout the day.

This year's parade/event theme is "Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Mother's Day". The parade will step off at Franklin High School at 10 a.m. and proceed easterly on Central Street to Smith Street where it will turn and continue to Odell Park.

The first one hundred moms to visit the info table at Odell Park (beginning at 10 a.m.) will receive a special memento of the day.

The fair continues until 2 p.m. and will include games, craft booths, food vendors, and entertainment. Many area service organizations and businesses will participate with raffles, giveaways, etc.