ROCKY MOUNT, VA – Like many events “Franklin County Court Days” had to take backseat in 2020 due to a world wide pandemic. However, the popular summertime event is making its return on Saturday June 12th in Downtown Rocky Mount.
The event is organized annually by the Community Partnership for Revitalization, CPR for short, each year as a “tribute to a long-standing tradition in Franklin County.”
According to the events Facebook page, “Court Days, Making Music & Memories, is a tribute to a long-standing tradition in Franklin County. Years ago, there was no sitting Circuit Court Judge in Franklin County. A traveling judge came into the county, usually on the 1st Monday of each month, and presided over court cases and legal issues for our residents. Franklin County residents gathered here in Rocky Mount on this day to “take care of business” and this gathering grew into a social event. Court Days became a day of social importance in the county, replete with food, music, and trade goods. In addition to visiting with neighbors, family, and friends at these gatherings, one could usually find an assortment of goods for sale. Farm goods, including fruits and vegetables, canned goods, dairy items, poultry, and livestock were offered for sale. And, it is said, that guns and knives were always available for sale or trade. And, it being Franklin County, one could typically find “a little liquor”.
This years event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature “Franklin County Food” from the likes of the Rocky Mount Burger Company, The Hotdog Stand, The Whole Bean Coffeehouse, Center Stage Catering, and Buddy’s BBQ. Fan favorites like “Rocky Mount’s Great Bake Off” and the “Pie Eating Contest” are both making a return.
Keep up to date with all of the latest information at the event’s Facebook page here.