As the sun began to set Sunday night, sounds of joy and laughter could still be heard across the Franklin Pond as residents and visitors enjoyed the last few hours of the Franklin Fall Fest Carnival.
For many, the carnival has become a family tradition. The carnival started Thursday, Sept. 26, and ended Sunday, Sept. 29.
The Franklin Borough Recreation Committee presented the carnival. rides were provided by Campy’s Blue Star Amusements. Fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights were presented by Braen a Stone.
The entertainment was sponsored by Technology General Corporation. Entertainment included DJ Andy M, Dream DJ Entertainment, DUG the Band, students of Elisa Girlando Studios, and the Bobby Wright Band.
At the festival, the Franklin Historical Society promoted the 1st Annual “Franklin Finds Scarecrows” community event.
Judy Williams, President of the Franklin Historical Society gives “top credit to Branchville” for the idea because they have been doing a similar event. The Franklin Historical Society is selling the scarecrow frames for $10. Entry dates are though Oct. 18. The concept is to decorate the scarecrow with a real pumpkin head and display it. Williams added this event is a nice way “to show community spirit, creativity and have fun.”
Prizes will be offered for 1st, 2nd 3rd and People’s Choice. Voting for People’s Choice will be from Oct. 21-26 at the Franklin Library, Senior Center or Elementary School. Look for the marked containers with cards.
Kathleen Clohessey, a member of the Historical Society and Board of Education, said they were able to kick off this event with a grant received from Forward Franklin Alliance.
Clohessey said there is already over 100 participants and “hopes to make this a tradition for kids, seniors and all age groups!”
The contest is open to all Franklin residents and businesses. Merchants are separate from residents and only judged for People’s Choice and bragging rights.