Franklin Rodeo
A bareback rider competes at the 2017 Franklin Rodeo. Photo by Tom Thomson.

Tickets go on sale March 1 for the Franklin Rodeo.

Held at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park, the rodeo takes place May 17-19 and will celebrate its 69th annual event this year.

It’s the longest running event in the county and a tradition among residents, said Bill Fitzgerald, executive director for the rodeo. “The rodeo builds friendships and relationships,” he said. The rodeo is produced by the Franklin Noon Rotary Club, with proceeds going towards local charities. That makes a difference for fans, Fitzgerald believes. “It builds excitement in the community because it’s something people can go to, and they can feel like they’re supporting the community while they’re having fun.” The rodeo is the largest in the state.

While fans are in Franklin for the rodeo, there is plenty to do during the daytime. Franklin is a short twenty-minute drive from downtown Nashville, which features such attractions as the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman Auditorium, Opryland USA, and President Andrew Jackson’s home, the Hermitage.

Franklin is a beautiful historic place with a quaint downtown full of stately homes and perfect for shopping. History buffs will enjoy Civil War sites like the Carnton Plantation and the Battle of Franklin, and foodies can get their fill of barbecue and a wide variety of dining destinations.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids ages 12 and under. All seats are reserved. Tickets can be purchased online at www.FranklinRodeo.com or at the gate.

Since the rodeo began in 1949, it has raised over $2 million for local organizations.

For more information, visit the website at FranklinRodeo.com or the rodeo’s Facebook page or call 615-RODEO-11.

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