Friday, July 22, 2011

Harvest Festival Sponsors Needed Press Release

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is reaching out to all businesses asking for sponsors to help with the upcoming Harvest Festival, the largest and most popular event in downtown Franklin.

The festival will be held on Sunday, October 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The Partnership expects more than 5,000 visitors to attend this year’s event, which will feature over 100 crafters, musicians, artist demonstrations, food and games for the whole family.

“This event has become very high profile,” says Harvest Festival Chair Angie Grant, Middlesex Savings Bank business development officer. “People are coming from all over eastern Massachusetts to participate and the demand for booth space is very strong, but as a non-profit organization we still have a great need for financial support from sponsors. We are encouraging all business leaders to consider a level of sponsorship dollars.”

Sponsors’ names will be displayed prominently on all advertising, signage and flyers, and here on the Partnership’s website. Sponsorship levels for the Harvest Festival start at $500. The deadline to register is August 30. Interested companies and individuals should contact the FDP  office at (774)571-3109 or Sponsorship forms and a list of opportunities are also available on this website.

The Partnership is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that relies solely on sponsorship dollars to pay for events like the Harvest Festival, as well as for planting and maintaining the flowers planted downtown.

“Our need for funding is greater than ever,” says Partnership President Nicole Fortier, Dean Bank branch officer. “The irony is that while our festival continues to grow in size and popularity, the economy continues to struggle and our funding is more difficult. We believe that sponsoring this event is an economical way for businesses to get their name out there while helping us build a strong sense of pride throughout our community.”

Any crafter, vendor or entertainer interested in participating in this event should contact Harvest Festival Chair Angie Grant at  A registration form can also be downloaded from the website. The registration deadline is August 20 for discounted booths.

The Franklin Downtown Partnership’s mission is to stimulate economic development downtown to create a positive impact throughout the area. The Partnership runs annual events such as the Strawberry Stroll, the Harvest Festival and the Holiday Stroll. Some past FDP projects include the bronze sculpture in front of the Historical Museum, downtown signs, green space and working with town officials on the streetscape project. The Partnership accomplishes all this through sponsorship and membership dues. For more information please contact Executive Director Lisa Piana at, or check us out on the web at

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Join Us for our July General Meeting

Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting Agenda
Thursday, July 21, 2011
8:30 a.m.
Dean College Campus Center
Campanella Board Room
1st floor across from the Dining Hall

I.        Open Meeting

II.       Adoption of Agenda

III.      Introductions
           a.  New Members

IV.     Report:  Streetscape and Zoning District Update
          Maxine Kinhart

V.      Report from Executive Director
          a.  2011 event updates
          b.  Sponsorship reminder
          c.  Membership update
          d.  Website link reminder

          Report:  Beautification, Eileen Mason

          Report:  Networking Schedule, Joel Carrara

          Report:  Strawberry Stroll, Diane Glass/Nicole Fortier

          Report:  Harvest Festival, Angie Grant/Lisa Piana

VI.    New Business:  Updates from our members

VII.   Other Business

VIII.  Adjourn

Friday, July 15, 2011

Next General Meeting

Please join us for our next General Meeting!

Thursday, July 21, 8:30 a.m.
Dean College Campus Center Board Room
1st floor across from the dining hall

Coffee will be served.
New Members Welcome!