On Monday morning at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, a press conference was held to announce a new initiative, a first project approved by the Franklin Public Arts Commission, called Midnight Sun Scavenger Hunt
Ten bronze horse statues, around the size of a football, have been hidden and installed at various locations with historic significance in downtown Franklin. Those engaging in the scavenger hunt will follow clues to find the miniature horses while learning more about Franklin.
Visit Franklin commissioned the bronze statues with sculptor Janel Maher of Franklin whose works can be found in collections in the United States, Europe, and South America.
Midnight Sun was selected as the namesake of the project to honor the stallion from Harlinsdale Farm who became the World Champion of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in 1945 and 1946. Of the horses that have won the annual Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Championship since 1949, only four were not of Midnight Sun’s bloodline.
Those interested in the scavenger hunt can retrieve the form at the Visitors Center located at 400 Main Street, Franklin. On the scavenger hunt, you can find ten clues that will direct you to the bronze horses. Once you’ve completed the scavenger hunt with the correct answers, you can return it to the Visitors Center in downtown Franklin and pick up a prize. There’s also a digital version you can download here.