Raise the Roofs Raises Funds for Multi Purpose Arena at Harlinsdale

Friends of Franklin Parks is hosting the Third Annual Raise the Roofs event on Saturday, Sept 13th at Harlinsdale Farm.

As it does every year, Raise the Roofs will benefit the preservation and renovation of Harlinsdale Farm. Since  the sale of Harlinsdale Farm to the City of Franklin in 2004, the City has been reinventing the property, with the idea that it would serve as a park, as well as, a  museum of sorts, highlighting the properties’ 16 structures, which include horse stables, breeding barns, storage barns, the existing homestead and various outbuildings.This year, organizers are using the event as a kickoff to the new multi-purpose arena project at the Farm. This new arena will be a place for horse events, shows and so much more.

This new arena will not only provide space for events but it will become a place for residents and tourists to visit and relish the history of Harlinsdale.

“It’s a place to bring us all together to enjoy this historic site. Whether you are a horse lover or not, you can be a part of this legacy. Our horse history is over 200 years old and encompasses many breeds of horses from Thoroughbred, Standardbreds, Arabians, to the Tennessee Walking horse. Having this complex so close to our downtown will continue to make Franklin a special place,” said Dr. Monty McInturff, President of Friends of Franklin Parks and owner of the Tennessee Equine Hospital.

This project has a large price tag–$625,000–which means the Friends of Franklin Parks need your help to raise the funds.  Franklin Tomorrow, in conjunction with Friends of Franklin Parks has already raised nearly two-thirds of the total cost.Get your tickets today to help bring the horse back to Harlinsdale Farm!

Ready to Roll
Ready to Roll

So what can you expect at Raise the Roofs?

The event will start at 4pm with a polo match. You can also expect to see a showcase of various breeds of local horses, tours of the recently stabilized 1940s main barn, memorabilia exhibits, live auction and more, along with great food and drink from area restaurants. One auction item, in particular, will knock your socks off–a four-year-old gelding descended from the two world-famous horses now buried at Harlinsdale will be offered as part of a live auction! Ready to Roll (pictured to the right), descended from Midnight Sun and Gen’s Major General, the two grand champions buried at Harlinsdale Park.

An impressive list of restaurants will participate in the event as well. They are: Franklin Chop House, Catering & Events by Suzette, Sperry’s of Cool Springs, Fulin’s Asian Cuisine, Granite City Food & Brewery, Franklin Farmer’s Market, McCreary’s Irish Pub, Pearls ‘N’ Spurs Luxury Trail Rides, Circa of Thompson’s Station, Cool Café, Coach D Consulting, Franklin Noon Rotary BBQ Society, and Embassy Suites Hotel of Franklin. Additional food vendors and eateries are expected to join before the event. 

The Williamson Source was there last year:

Tickets are on sale for Raise the Roofs now. Tickets are $75 per person or patrons may donate an additional $25 and receive special recognition. Sponsorship opportunities exist or direct financial or in-kind services donations are also being accepted. Contact Friends of Franklin Parks Executive Director Mindy Tate at (615) 794-0998 for more information.

To learn more or to get involved with Friends of Franklin Parks, visit friendsoffranklinparks.org or call (615) 794-0998.

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Andrea has always loved the written word. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and a Masters in Creative Writing, both from Belmont University. Both sides of her family have lived in Williamson County for generations, so writing for Williamson Source is the perfect fit. She loves to hear stories of what Williamson County was like when her parents and grandparents were young and to write about this ever evolving county is truly special for her.