But a whisper in my ear on Saturday in the middle of the Light Up Night parade from the queen herself said it all.
"This is my baby."
She was wearing a mask, but her smile was obvious. Beith loves, loves LOVES Light Up Night and the Christmas season.
The parade, the fireworks, the singers and that tree...... Franklin's tree is a marvel. Only about twenty feet shorter than the one at Rockerfeller Center tree. "With the star this is the tallest one we've had," said commissioner Mike Dulaney who also helped put the lights on the this year. Dulaney has volunteered since the first tree in 2015.
The 53 foot tree with a three foot star towers above Franklin. It is a gift from the city of Franklin to its 6,000 or so redients and the people who venture in to town to shop or eat during the holidays. It might not be the tallest community tree, but thanks to Beith and architect of the plan, Dan Weiland, who figure it out each year, it is ours..
This years tree came from up on the hill.
Franklin's need became the Lafon's donation and entry into the city's history. Several area businesses: ITC Crane, Wayland Contractors, Klapec Trucking and Paul Bunyan Tree services donated hundreds of dollars worth of time, labor and equipment for the month and half of holiday enjoyment for those who pass through Franklin.
"I am feeling so much joy and gratitude."
"It was the perfect night, the fireworks were absolutely beautiful! Thank you all," said Deb Krizon.
Ashleigh Phillips said "An absolutely amazing event for our community. Well done! Thank you!"
Susan Biddle Blair said "I was in town around 4:00 and was a little worried. There were chairs out for the parade but not many people. Then just like magic and on cue….here came the people!!!
What a great event…thanks."
"This was our first year attending and it will be now the first of many! Absolutely loved the atmosphere and the shops that were open great parade, tree lighting and fireworks! Thank you all for your hard work and dedication, my three year old had a magical time!" said Shelby Crider. And the comments kept on going.
This is a premier western Pennsylvania event.
This special season has begun!"
2021 FRANKLIN LIGHT UP NIGHT PARADE Winners
sponsored by Komatsu.
BEST OF SHOW
Central Elementary School
1st – Victory Elementary School
2nd – Franklin Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Church
3rd – Venango Technology Center
1st – Ubercrest Dairy
2nd – Next Step Therapy
3rd – Poppin’ Sweet Shop, Pastries by Andrea, Creekside Granite tied with Fresenius-Oil City Dialysis & Polk Fire Rescue
1st – Barrow-Civic Theatre
2nd – Riders Against Child Abuse (RACAA)
3rd – Autism Tough Foundation
1st – Clarion County Dairy Princess
2nd – Innovation Institute for Tomorrow
3rd – Two Mile Run County Park
1st – Jamie’s Kids tied with
Rocky Grove Volunteer Fire Department
2nd – Pure International Pageant
3rd – Community Services of Venango County
If interested in learning more about the Fountain Park trees contact Ronnie at firstname.lastname@example.org