The 71st edition of the Franklin Rodeo is at the Williamson Co. Ag Expo Park May 19 – 21 with a full canteen of things to do! While bulls and broncs, cowboys and cowgirls are the main focus, there are plenty of family activities that go along with the weekend.
New this year: the Family-Friendly Fan Zone
A Fan Zone will be open each night prior to the rodeo. Kids can climb on and explore the Kubota Equipment, while adults can view brand new campers from Nashville RV. The Franklin Fire Department and Williamson Medical Center will have vehicles on site. Moreover, rodeo goers can test their aim at the 4-H club’s BB gun range, and the littlest rodeo fans can practice their bull riding on the bouncy bulls and the kids’ bull riding chute.
On Friday and Saturday, May 20 – 21, ax throwing will be part of the Fan Zone as well.
“It’s an experience,” says Devin Gilliam, a volunteer with the rodeo. “We want our rodeo patrons to come out and have a great time with their families. If we’re able to provide a good time, we’re happy to do that.”
The Fan Zone is geared towards families with young children, Gilliam said.
“We understand that sometimes having kids go to an event like this is a challenge for the parents,” he says. “The more engaged we can keep our kids, the more fun we can show them, and the better time the parents will have. I’m a parent, so I understand.”
At the rodeo, fans can relax and enjoy a pre-rodeo cocktail and live music with a Cantina ticket. For $25 (as an add-on to the rodeo ticket), you can enjoy three drinks, live music and a live video feed in the Cantina, in case you’d like to watch the rodeo (*Note: Alcoholic beverages must be consumed in the Cantina; the Williamson Co. Ag Center policy does not allow alcohol in the seating area).
Concessions are available at the Franklin Rodeo, including Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, Sonic hamburgers and Soulshine pizza. In addition, the usual treats that kids love will be available including popcorn, cotton candy, chips, hot dogs and snacks.
All seats are reserved. Adult tickets are $25; children’s tickets are $12 for ages 12 and under. For more information, visit the website.