Heritage Foundation and Mars Petcare partner again for 2021 PetZone at Main Street Festival

PetZone to feature pet adoptions, photo opps and a pet park


FRANKLIN, TN (July 14, 2021) – The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN, is not only gearing up to host tens of thousands of people at the upcoming 37th Annual Main Street Festival presented by First Horizon, but they are also busy preparing to host a pack of furry friends as well.


Longstanding supporters of Main Street Festival, Mars Petcare has once again signed on as a presenting sponsor of the festival to host an exciting PetZone. This year’s PetZone will feature animal adoptions from the Williamson County Animal Shelter (yes, with real puppies!), a photo area for commemorative photos with your fur baby and a 12×18-foot Pet Park, complete with faux grass and picket fence and pup pools for cooling off and splashing around.


“Mars Petcare’s PetZone area has become one of the most cherished sections of Main Street Festival,” said Carla Denham, chief communications and strategy officer for the Heritage Foundation. “We are so excited to partner with Mars again and can’t wait to see all the pets from our community enjoying this area while their owners learn a little bit more about all of the ways Mars Petcare is involved in bettering the lives of our pets.”


The Heritage Foundation will be selling pet bandanas at the PetZone as a fundraiser for future preservation projects and Mars will have some fun free goodies for pet owners who stop by. Several dog-focused vendors will have booths in the Pet Zone as well, including:


Poo Doo Leash, which has unique pet products including bowls, bag cover/holders, collars and leashes for all dog owners including the State Paws design line. These designs are state flags manipulated with paw prints instead of stars on collars, leashes, t-shirts. Poo Doo Leash will have dedicated Franklin and Nashville leashes available.


The Barker’s Market pet boutique has been handcrafting pet products in Nashville since 2012. They use functional textiles consisting of handcrafted pet goods including nylon & upcycled leather collars, nylon leashes, bow ties and handmade all-natural pet treats.


Milly’s Pet Bakery will have made-to-order homemade treats that are affordable, preservative free, and even safe for humans to eat. Milly’s Pet Bakery loves their own pets and want to prove they love yours too by providing an excellent experience with each treat.


“We’re thrilled to partner with Downtown Franklin Association to bring this pet-centric space to life at Main Street Festival,” said Jam Stewart, Vice President Corporate Affairs, Mars Petcare. “Franklin has been a tremendous supporter of our Better Cities for Pets program since the beginning, and this event is another great example of all the city does to make our community welcoming for pets and pet parents.”


So load up your pet and join us on downtown Franklin’s historic Main Street Saturday and Sunday July 17-18. Festival hours on Saturday are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit events.williamsonheritage.org.



Mars Petcare is part of Mars, Incorporated, a global, family-owned business. At Mars Petcare, our 85,000 Associates are dedicated to creating A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™, where all pets are healthy, happy and welcome. Today, our diverse portfolio of almost 50 products and services serves the needs of pets in around 130 countries. Our science-backed pet food, care and treats are designed to meet the individual needs of pets through brands like  PEDIGREE®WHISKAS®ROYAL CANIN®NUTRO™, GREENIES™, SHEBA®CESAR®IAMS™ and EUKANUBA™. Mars Petcare is also a leading veterinary health provider with an international network of over 2,500 pet hospitals including BANFIELD™, BLUEPEARL™, VCA™, LinnaeusVSH and AniCura, and diagnostic services via Antech. And at Kinship, we are helping everyone pet parent like a pro with pioneering brands like WISDOM PANEL™,  WHISTLE™, and the LEAP VENTURE STUDIO accelerator and COMPANION FUND™ programs that drive innovation and disruption in the pet care industry. At WALTHAM Petcare Science Institute, we are advancing research that improves the lives of pets and deepens our understanding of the human animal bond. To learn more, visit our website or follow us on Instagram and LinkedIn.



Since 1967, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County has been dedicated to preserving Williamson County’s architectural, geographic and cultural heritage as well as promoting the ongoing revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation. Notable projects include The Franklin Theatre, Roper’s Knob, parts of the Franklin battlefield and the Old, Old Jail. The Foundation brings county history to about 3,000 school children each year through the Heritage Classroom program as well as walking tours of downtown Franklin. Events and festivals produced by the Heritage Foundation such as Main Street Festival, the Heritage Ball, Pumpkinfest and Dickens of a Christmas bring hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors to downtown Franklin each year. The Heritage Foundation owns and operates The Franklin Theatre, the Downtown Franklin Association, and the organization’s newest division and current restoration project, Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens. For more information about the Heritage Foundation, visit www.williamsonheritage.org.




Established in 1984, the Downtown Franklin Association is the merchants’ association division of the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN. It was created to aid in historic preservation and community vibrancy and helped spearhead the revitalization of Franklin’s historic downtown core. Using the Four-Pillar approach set forth by the National Main Street Center, a division of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and in partnership with property owners, city and county government, local businesses and merchants in the Franklin, TN historic retail district, the DFA has helped create one of the nation’s Main Street success stories. For more information, visit www.downtownfranklintn.com.