Dog and Pony Show to Benefit Thompson’s Station Parks

By: Clark Shelton

Saturday Sept. 28th, The Annual Fall Festival at Thompson’s Station will take on a new name and a new look. The Dog and Pony Show will begin at 10 a.m. with arts and crafts,food, live music, a chili cook-off and more.

Sponsored by Mars Pet Care, The Nutro Company and Tractor Supply Company, this pet friendly event will also feature a dog and owner contest, agility trials, and horse demonstrations at the Tennessee Equine Center across the street.

Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt will host fun for the kids with plenty of activities including face painting and pumpkin painting.

A complete music schedule is almost complete and Williamson Source will have the full details next week. The Wood Brothers and Mike Farris & the Roseland Rhythm Revue are the headliners.

The Dog & Pony Show Festival will showcase Thompson’s Station Park, the crown jewel of Town Center and a point of civic pride for residents. Proceeds will support this park as well as future parks, trails and open space projects. Earlier this year, the Town announced its purchase of 104 acres of open space just north of Town Hall, comprising much of the scenic vista beyond the landmark red caboose. This keystone property is part of the Town’s greater vision to secure a South Williamson County central park spanning several hundred acres, and featuring pedestrian and biking trails, historic battlefield and nature preserves and other passive uses.

The TSCA will also host a membership drive during the festival. TSCA president Liesa LaCroix said the charitable organization “has been very important to the town, and we want to invite more members of our community to be part of it.” Pre-dating Thompson’s Station’s incorporation as a municipality, the TSCA has funded numerous projects, including the construction of the depot at Town Center and the installation of the train-themed playground in the park.

Mayor Corey Napier said he is pleased with the efforts to re-invigorate the festival and to engage the town’s growing populace and corporate citizens in quality-of-life initiatives. “We are thrilled to be partnering with key community players on this re-imagined festival that reflects our town brand,” he said. “This event is a great opportunity to state and celebrate what Thompson’s Station is about, and to showcase our aspirations as a sustainable, open and connected, wellness-oriented community.”