To showcase the musical and vocal talents of the youth in this area, 4-H, in association with Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, will again produce the Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest during the Franklin Folk Festival, July 16, on the Main Stage in downtown Franklin. Contest time is 1:30 until 2:30. Once again, Joe Deitz of the Deitz Family Band will emcee the contest.
Participants in this contest must exhibit a talent that will reflect heritage and old Appalachian ways of our region and adhere to the qualifications and rules set up by the organizers of the the talent contest and the Franklin Folk Festival. This competition will be held on the main stage and will be part of the “heritage” entertainment provided during the festival.
Categories of the contest include:
— Poetry/Storytelling (writings about heritage, items of historical significance, old timey ways)
— Vocal Performance – individual or group (old timey songs, old gospel songs, bluegrass, heritage tunes from the turn of the century)
— Instrumentalists – individual or group (feature instruments such as banjo, fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, mandolin playing old timey songs, old gospel songs, bluegrass, heritage tunes)
— Dance – individual or group (clogging, square dance, Irish folk dance, Native American dance)
Prizes are offered for first, second, and third place winners. First Place Best of Show winner will have the opportunity of playing on the Heritage Stage at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 24.