New Franklin’s largest event of the year brought in a huge amount of people eager to celebrate the Santa Fe Trail, or most importantly, the mother city of the trail.
From a baby contest, to remembering veterans and their families and the annual parade, there was something for everyone.
For years, this has been a staple in the community that gave birth to one of the most legendary trails in American history. It was this history that was celebrated.
By mid-Saturday, it was time for the parade. Visitors and spectators were greeted by motorcycles and then floats of all sorts. Spotlit during the parade was the youth of the community, whether they were in the band, on a float or in a school organization participating in the event. Of course, the parade would not be complete without trail-themed floats.
Visitors were also able to enjoy the annual baby contest and live music. Broadway was full of life as visitors lined the streets to enjoy their favorite New Franklin event.
The South Howard County Historical Society opened their museum for the event, which included historical artifacts and writings about the trail. While the Conestoga Wagon did not make the parade this year, it will sure be in next year according to the SHCHS.
Rain dampened some of the activities Saturday evening.
“We were disappointed the weather changed last night and Str8arrow didn't get to play, they were disappointed too, they really wanted to play but with the forecast for storms and having a little lightning they didn't want to chance it and neither did we, but they are coming back next year,” according to the festival’s Facebook page. “Thank you to the New Franklin school (art, band and high school classes), Fayette band, all the vendors and parade entries. We are working on a few new things for next year also, we hope to see everyone there next year.”