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By IVEY HARRINGTON BECKMAN for Franklin Home Page

The Historic Nolensville Buttercup Festival, a 15-year community tradition, returns Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and this yeares event promises to be bigger and better than ever, according to event chairman Lamont Claybrooks.

The Historic Nolensville Buttercup Festival, a 15-year community tradition, returns Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and this yeares event promises to be bigger and better than ever, according to event chairman Lamont Claybrooks.

The festival will showcase 115 booths that offer delicious food, fun for children of all ages, and unique items handcrafted by talented local artisans.

All historic district retail stores will feature special sales. Nolensville restaurants such as Nanaes Diner, Mama Javaes, Martines, McDougales and Campo Azul will be ready to serve festival attendees.

Claybrooks has championed the Buttercup Festival for the last eight years and is thrilled to see its growth.

eLast year we had about 85 booths, so having 115 this year is wonderful growth,e he said. eThere are vendors coming from all over the state to participate. It will be the largest event Nolensville has ever had.e

Some of this yeares food vendors include Latin American restaurant Casa Segovia-Paz, whose booth will feature

Casa Segovia-Paz will be among the many food vendors at this year’s Nolensville Buttercup Festival

savory empanadas and alfajores, a traditional cookie consisting of milky caramel sandwiched between delicate shortbread rounds. Cotton candy treats are on the menu of Spin Wheel Cotton Candy Cart, a favorite stop for kids. The Itty Bitty Donut Truck will roll out a variety of tasty morsels. Auntie Tes Granola is guaranteed to be a good-to-go stop. And donet miss Apples Gone Wild. Theyell reveal new ways to eat the fruit, including dips in toasted coconut, sea salt and white chocolate to name just a few choices.

Of course, the aroma of Southern-style barbecue, slow cooked by Nolensville native Steve Dornan, will waft throughout the festival from Deees Delights. Guests can also follow their nose to new vendor Holy Smokes for their offerings of pulled pork and ribs.

All the mouth-watering food will keep you moving to booths packed with one-of-a-kind vintage items from vendors such as The Strawberry Patch, TraChic and Double the Fun Designs.

Handcrafted jewelry will also glitter in abundance, including the unique artistry of The Tangled Nest, Criss Cross by Lori, Brazzin Hussy and many other jewelry artisans.

Nolensville residents Kathryn and Richard Spry team up as Chimes for Justice to feature amazing stained glass art.

This is a small sampling of the 115 talented vendors ready to make your day at the Buttercup Festival. Click here to view the Buttercup Festival Vendor Map.

The Tangled Nest will offer handcrafted jewelry at this year’s Nolensville Buttercup Festival

Returning this year is Sam the Balloon Man. He will create free balloon art for children, compliments of the Historic Nolensville Buttercup Committee. Look for his booth at the Nolensville First Methodist Church from noon until 4 p.m.

The stage is also set for two pageants, Miss Buttercup and Little Miss Buttercup. These events will be held behind the Homeplace Bed & Breakfast in the area next to Peacock Lane. This yeares Miss Buttercup pageant features 11 contestants. Six girls will compete for the Little Miss Buttercup title. Competitions begin at 1 p.m.

Last yeares Miss Buttercup, Lily Cage, will crown the 2014 winners, who will receive crowns and sashes provided by the Historic Nolensville Buttercup Festival committee.

Volunteer coordinator Stacey Harris-Fish, owner of Three French Hens, has worked around the clock since January to market the 2014 Buttercup Festival and meet the space needs of its many vendors.

eThis yeares Buttercup promises to be the best ever. Ites really exciting,e she said. eBring the kids, your out-of-town guests, and an appetite for unique food. Enjoy the work of amazing artisans and support the local business owners who work so hard to make Nolensville an amazing place.e

eThe festival is going to be so much fun this year,e Claybrooks added. eItes an event designed to let people all over the state know about the wonderful things Nolensville has to offer.e

Parking for the festival includes free shuttles running from Nolensville Elementary, the baseball fields, Town Hall and Town Center. Park-and-walk options are the Nolensville Church of Christ and Ebenezer United Methodist Church.

Restrooms and hand-washing stations will be located behind Village Antiques and in the Homeplace Bed & Breakfast parking lot. Ebenezer United Methodist Church and the Nolensville First United Methodist Church are also making their indoor restrooms available.

All funds raised from Buttercup Festival booth rentals go to support the Nolensville Historical Society and its improvement projects.

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