I was up late reviving, I mean writing my previous blog so I had a late start to Day 2 of the 3rd Annual Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival. I focused more on aspects of the festival that were not music related today. I certainly took in some Ryan Adams and Eddie Vedder but tended to visit vendors and explore the grounds a little more.
I discovered an additional food court area called Farm to Turntable at the back of the venue closer to the Harpeth River. I didn’t know about this area until I took a good look at the map guide I had been carrying around all day. If it’s wrong to have tacos for lunch and a burrito for dinner, then I don’t want to be right! I had a chocolate Popsicle from Padrino’s Pops while lounging in a hammock under some trees and streamers. There were several stops for those with small kids. The Lil’ Pilgrims stage was cute and interactive. Michael’s sponsored several craft booths that involved painting either on paper or painting kind words on rocks. Then there’s the elaborate pirate ship play set. I was impressed by the number of families with young kids who experienced the festival. There were many wagons, strollers and parents with multiple kiddos. Fist bump to all the mommas with their babies strapped onto them in this hot weather!
Another addition to the 2017 Pilgrimage Festival was the Americana Music Triangle Experience. This tent was at the back of the park near the Southern Comfort Harpeth River Stage. Some things are a mainstay at the festival like the drink stops for beer and wine. Bell’s Brewery Beer Hall includes many tables and several televisions so you can get out of the sun and keep up with the game. The water stations and misting tent remain popular with the unseasonably hot temps this weekend.
Yesterday I shared some comments I heard about the festival being well organized. Perhaps the exit strategy for both foot traffic and vehicles needed more attention. Many festival goers were extremely delayed in returning home or to their accommodations last night. This year’s attendance was larger than past years plus it seemed that Justin Timberlake attracted a larger audience who primarily stayed for his entire set. I’m sure the organizers learned from Saturday’s traffic jam. Tonight the pedestrian and vehicular traffic was kept separate and seemed to be intentionally handled much better.
Thanks to Pilgrimage Festival and The City of Franklin for organizing this wonderful event! Signing out from a very successful Pilgrimage Festival 2017.