Old Franklin Day

Get ready for Old Franklin Day, Saturday, August 26th in the Village of Franklin NY.

Join us to shop local, boogie with the bands, enjoy a fashion show and have fun!

Flyer for Old Franklin Day 2023

Get ready to party on Old Franklin Day! Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 26th from 9 am to 3 pm, on Institute Street off Main Street. Franklin’s traditional summer festival features 2 popular local bands, a fashion show, kids’ activities, great food, St. Paul’s famous pie sale and a broad array of artisans and crafters. There’s a Franklin Central School all-class reunion after the event, too.

“Old Franklin Day showcases the Village of Franklin’s history and traditions with a welcoming community, engaged local organizations, old-fashioned hospitality, talented artists and crafters, and just plain fun for kids of all ages,” said Connie Martin, Old Franklin Day Coordinator. John Wilson, Old Franklin Day Coordinator, said, “Whether you want to shop, eat, play, dance in the street, learn more about the community, catch up with old friends, or make new ones, there’s something for everyone.”

Shop Local

To date, we have over 30 local artists, crafters and vendors participating. Offerings include vintage and antique items, artwork, artisanal glass, woodcraft, home décor, clothing, jewelry, accessories and more. Delicious locally made maple syrup products, chocolate and other treats will be available for sale. Make a memory with a special photo by Annadale Farms Photography.

Boogie with the Bands

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Tom Morgan and Erna Morgan McReynolds, two great local bands will perform live.

  • Back by demand, Eric Haight’s band, Off the Record, will be performing rock, country and jazz classics from 10 am to noon.
  • Terri Whitney and the Country Express Band, another famous local group, will follow at 1 pm with country and popular hits. Just in: The Oneonta Dance Club Square Dancers will be performing with the band!

Take In Our Fashion Show

This year’s show, Everyday Fashion in the 20th Century, will take you on a 100-year journey to see what families wore for daytime, school, special occasions and bedtime. It will be held at 2pm in the Franklin Central School Cafetorium. The show will be curated by Linda Hovey, owner of Threads Past and Present, a vintage clothing business located at the Green Giraffe Antique Shop in Unadilla. Linda’s co-curator is Johanna Marr of The Vintage Closet at the Green Giraffe. Free admission.

Kids’ Activities and More

We will have our popular Bounce House, balloon art, glitter tattoos, and other kids’ activities. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department is bringing their K-9 unit. We’re planning to have a morning yoga class in the park and other fun happenings, too!

Food, Glorious Food

We have it for you! The Ty’s Taco-Ria food truck will be on site with a choice of menu items. Marshall’s Pizza will be at the event, serving sausage and peppers, burgers, hot dogs and pizza. The American Legion will be selling barbecued chicken halves with sides. On Main Street, both Marshall’s Pizza and the Tulip and the Rose will be open.

The pie bakers at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will be baking homemade apple, cherry, blueberry, peach and much more for the traditional pie sale fundraiser, which starts on the church lawn at 9 am. Take a seat, greet friends and neighbors and have a slice with a cuppa joe to start your day. Grab some pies to take home for Labor Day weekend. Go early — pies sell out quickly!

Want cake and other bakes? Stop by The Franklin Central School Student Council bake sale.

Learn More About Community Organizations

Visit the Franklin Rotary Club table to enjoy some homemade ice cream from Polar Bear, with blueberries from North Star Farm. Learn about Rotary’s programs and how you can get involved. Travel back in Franklin’s history when you visit the Railroad Museum table.

Get Deals at Stone Hall Surplus Sale and Town-Wide Lawn Sales

Get vintage metal and wood desks and other items at great prices at the Stone Hall Surplus Sale on the school lawn. Don’t miss the town-wide lawn sales – you may find the deal of a lifetime! Maps will be available on Facebook and at the event.

Around the Village

Stroll along Main Street and visit our local shops. The Franklin Railroad and Community Museum will be open with historical exhibits.

Franklin Central School All-Class Reunion

Franklin Central School alumni from any graduating year, along with guests, are invited to party under the tent, street dance and enjoy a sumptuous barbecue on the St. Paul’s Church lawn (307 Main Street) from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. BYOB approved on premises. Contact Sonja Johns at kljohns@citlink.net or call 607-434-7120 to reserve your spot.

A Big Thank You to Our Old Franklin Day Sponsors *

  • Tom Morgan and Erna Morgan McReynolds
  • Tom and Cathy Farinaro
  • Wayne Bank
  • Chen-Del-O Federal Credit Union
  • Franklin Rotary Club
  • Hebbard Fence
  • Morgan Stanley – The Table Rock Group at Morgan Stanley
  • Upstate Country Realty
  • YOKEL Restaurant
  • Daniel Branigan – Kaatirondack Senior Health Benefits
  • Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home
  • Polar Bear Ice Cream and More
  • Rich’s Auto Body
  • White’s Farm Supply
* Sponsor list as of July 17th

To learn more about Old Franklin Day or to become a sponsor, visit our web page at franklinny.org/ofd23, visit Facebook at @OldFranklinDay or contact Connie Martin, Old Franklin Day Coordinator, at candjmartin@fastmail.com.