Car, Arts and Crafts Show set for Sept. 21

The Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the Festival on the Square along with the 57th annual Franklin Car Show and Arts and Crafts Show, which is slated to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The car show on Saturday will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cars participating in the show can start registering at 8 a.m., no sooner. Food vendors can start setting up on the square beginning at 5:30 a.m.

"We get them from several different states and not only does in bring cars from all over, it brings people from all over," said Steve Thurmond, executive director of the Simpson County Chamber of Commerce. "We have 10-12,000 people on the square throughout the day."

The festivities kick off Thursday, Sept. 19 with the Cruise-In from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the square with registration for cars begining at 6:30 p.m.

"In observance of homecoming at Franklin-Simpson High School we have moved the Cruise-In to Thursday night," Thurmond said.

Admission to the Cruise-In is free to the

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public and free registration, with music for the event provided by Steve Jerrell and the Sons of the Beach.

"The cruise in is more of a party and the car show is a competition," Thurmond said.

Food vendors for Thursday are all local non-profits like the softball team, 4-H and the soccer boosters. Thurmond said they reserved that day for the non-profits as fundraisers.

The pre-events on Saturday start with a pancake fry from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Franklin First Methodist Church benefiting the Franklin-Simpson cheerleaders.

"It is a tradition for people too, for people who live here," said Christi Freese, administrative assistant for the Simpson County Chamber of Commerce. "They have come to it since they were little."

The entry fee for cars is $15 and judging will be from 8 a.m. to noon with member of the Southern Kentucky Street Rods doing the judging. Free t-shirts will be available for the first 200 registered participants.

Over 100 trophies in categories for Rat Rods, motorcycles, the top 25 in stock, modified, dignitary and choice picks will be given out along with awards for best of show and 2nd through 25th place overall in stock and modified.

"If the weather is good, they have had as many as 400 cars registered for the car show and on the cruise in we have had close to 250 cars registered for the cruise in," Thurmond said.

At the event Saturday Steve Jerrell will be back as the DJ to provide music and a kids zone with inflatables to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Franklin-Simpson will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Downtown Franklin Merchants will have sidewalk sales starting on Thursday, Sept. 19 through Saturday, Sept. 21.

"It brings people in to our community, to our downtown area from all over this part of the country," Thurmond said.

He said on Thursday people can expect to see some unique vehicles while the cars on Saturday will range from brand new cars to 70 maybe 80 years old cars.

The arts and craft show has vendors with door signs, wreaths, jewelry, sunglasses, purses and embroidery.

"It is just all over the place," Freese said.

The overall sponsor for the Festival on the Square is Graves Gilbert Clinic with the car show sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts in Franklin.

For more information about the Car Show, contact Mason Barns at 270-598-1428 or For more information about vendors or the Cruise-In contact the F-S Chamber of Commerce, at 270-586-7609 or

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