Whether you have lived in Brentwood all your life or just moved here last month, the City of Brentwood invites everyone to celebrate 50 years of the past, present, and future throughout 2019.
Incorporated as a municipality in 1969 with a population of a little more than 3,000 in the small, rural community, today Brentwood has grown into the state’s 16th largest city, with a population of more than 43,000. Throughout the years, Brentwood has kept its focus on purposeful growth, green space, and historic preservation.
“Previous city commissioners had a vision for our town and it’s been an honor to help see that through. These 50th birthday events will be a great way to give our residential and commercial neighbors a chance to celebrate what Brentwood has been and is becoming,” said Brentwood Mayor Jill Burgin in a release.
A group of dedicated volunteers has been diligently working to plan the celebratory events for 2019. The group’s mission statement is “Celebrating Brentwood’s rich historic significance and years of planned growth for families and businesses.” The members who make up the 50th Steering Board include Brentwood Mayor Jill Burgin, four representatives from other volunteer city boards, five residents selected by the Brentwood City Commission and also the city’s Community Relations Director.
Chairperson Vicki Sanford said these volunteers have put in numerous hours making sure Brentwood’s 50th is remembered for many years to come. “Since the spring of 2018 twelve dedicated Brentwood citizens have been meeting several times a month planning a yearlong 50th birthday celebration for our city. This committee of volunteers has given their time, talents, and treasures to create three amazing events,” Sanford said.
50th Celebration Starts with a Parade
The celebration year will officially kick off with the parade titled A Golden Gallop. The parade is set for Saturday, April 13 at 2pm, along a 1.8-mile route beginning at Tractor Supply Company and wrapping throughout Maryland Farms. The Brentwood and Ravenwood High School bands will participate along with other past and present city leaders. School groups, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, businesses, neighborhoods, churches and perhaps those celebrating their 50th birthdays in 2019 are encouraged to create a float and participate.
Also, keeping in line with the parade theme, those organizations with horses are also encouraged to participate. Fees range from $25-$100 and applications are due March 1. The fee is waived for Williamson County Schools and Parent Teacher Organizations as well as 50th sponsors. Anyone interested can find more information, including the application, at www.BrentwoodTN50.com. Volunteers from the community will also be needed for the events. If you are interested, please email the steering committee via the website.
More information will be shared about Brentfest, which will be held June 15 at Crockett Park followed by Rendezvous at Ravenswood Mansion on October 10th.
Sponsors for the 50th Celebration
Tractor Supply Company is the presenting sponsor, donating $25,000, to the Brentwood 50th Birthday Celebration. “Since 2004, the Tractor Supply Store Support Center has called Brentwood ‘home,’ and we are grateful to be a part of this year-long celebration to honor Brentwood’s past and its exciting future,” said Greg Sandfort, Chief Executive Officer of Tractor Supply Company. “We look forward to celebrating our growing and prosperous city and sharing in these community events with our neighbors,” Sandfort added.
Several other community sponsors have graciously committed more than $125,000 to ensure most of the celebrations are free for the community. Those companies donating at the platinum and gold levels include: Andrews Transportation, Brentwood Academy, Brookdale Senior Living, LBMC, and Hill Center.
Other companies and individuals who have donated $5,000 or less include:
- Brentwood Hearing Center
- Gresham Smith
- Grove Park Construction
- Kaplan Ventures
- Dolores and Ken Kaplan
- Pinnacle Bank
- Reliant Bank
- State Volunteer Mutual Insurance
- Twice Daily/Tri Star Energy
- Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.
- Uncle Classic Barbershop
- Zeitlin Realty
Media sponsors for the event include: Williiamson Source, Brentwood Lifestyles, Brentwood Home Page, Williamson Herald, and Your Williamson. All sponsors will be officially recognized at an event on January 29 at the Martin Center, 960 Heritage Way in Brentwood. Any monetary donations remaining after the celebratory events will be presented to the City of Brentwood for use toward a city project.