City of Franklin celebrates Johnny Cash and June Carter wedding with music festival

Published: May. 1, 2018 at 9:15 PM CDT
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Johnny Cash and June Carter got married in a fever 50 years ago at a church in downtown Franklin. Now they're celebrating with a three day music festival.

"They came to Franklin and they got married in a fever, at least that's certainly how it appeared to all the people taken by surprise," says Dan Ware, Director of Franklin's Tourism Commission.

Ware was in high school 50 years ago when Johnny and June got hitched, but the word spread around town faster than he could imagine.

"By 2 o'clock a crowd had gathered at the church to witness the secret wedding which was not so secret anymore," Ware recalls.

50 years ago on March 1, the man in black and his bride marched out of First United Methodist Church in Franklin just after receiving their license to marriage across the street at the courthouse.

The pastor of that church now has officiated a lot of weddings from out of towners.

"I've lost count," says current pastor Chris Morgan about how many people he's seen married at the church in his six year stint

"I know that since then, ever since that day, there have been a number of people that have come to get married in this place," Morgan says.

50 years after that historic day, the city is planning a three day festival that includes a historic landmark dedication and will feature high profile artists.

"We're hoping for nice weather and a nice turnout for all of our festival events," Ware says.

The festival which kicks off June first will bring all kinds of tourists to Franklin in celebration of one of the best country music duos of all time.

Day one of the festival will feature a historic landmark dedication. Days two and three are an outdoor concert.

The lineup for June 2 includes: Lee Ann Womack, Carlene Carter (June Carter's daughter), Jeffrey East and the Dead Broke Barons.

The June 3 lineup features: The Charlie Daniels Band, Kentucky Headhunters and James Carothers.

The festival takes place from June 1-3. Visit to order tickets today.