The Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC) will hold the 8th Annual Franklin Folk Festival Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Franklin. This free Folk Festival features many talented craftspeople displaying heritage skills, musicians playing and singing mountain songs, square dancers willing to dance for and teach spectators, vendors supplying delicious food, and games and contests for all ages. All of this helps the Folk Heritage Association carry out its mission “to provide living history experiences and to preserve the folk heritage of Macon County for generations to come.” Activities and exhibits will be focused in the downtown area in addition to special exhibits at the Community Facilities Building and grounds on US441 south.
This year’s theme, “Trails, Tales and Settlements” promises more entertaining and educational information than ever about the history of Franklin and surrounding areas. Spotlighted in the “Tales” section will be popular storytellers who will, throughout the day, be telling stories of the mountains that will intrigue both children and adults. Be sure to stop by the “Front Porch” and listen to our oldest residents share stories about their lives growing up here in the mountains.
Trails of all kinds will be featured in exhibits, demonstrations and talks. “Trails through Time” will spotlight antiques and many of the items used by our ancestors at different periods in their lives. “Indian Trails” and “Cherokee Heritage Trails” will help you learn about the Indian names given to various sections of the county. Other trails that will be explored during the festival are Quilt Trails, Hunting Trails, Hiking Trails, Old Railroad Beds, Civil War Trails, Family Genealogy Trails, Logging Trails, Communication Trails, and Wagon Trails, etc.
Tied closely to “Trails” is the “Settlements” portion of the theme. Historians and representatives from various communities will talk about how particular areas got their names, who their early settlers were, and how these communities have changed over the years. Old photographs and displays will help bring these early settlements alive.
Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the 25th Infantry Civil War Re-enactors will be camped throughout the weekend in Frogtown, and camp tours will be offered throughout the day on Saturday, the day of the festival. As during past Franklin Folk Festivals, a skirmish which has become known as the Battle of Frogtown (complete with a cannon and other artillery) will take place at a time to be announced, and the public is invited to attend. “Soldiers” and their wives dressed in period costumes will march down Main Street in the Heritage Parade at 11 a.m.
As in past years, several music venues downtown will feature old time mountain music – Gazebo Main Stage, First Baptist Church- Chapel, a Jammin’ Tent in front of Town Hall and two venues at the Macon County Community Building (441S).
The Antique Car Show along with old tractors will be featured in our downtown parade followed by the Opening Ceremony/Annual Corn Shuckin’ Contest.
For more festival information or how you might become involved, contact Theresa Ramsey at 828-369-7411 or visit www.mcncfha.org.