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Arts & Entertainment 10th annual Franklin Folk Festival coming up Saturday, July 20

Vintage car owners are invited to enter the Antique Car Show at the Folk Festival.The 10th Annual Franklin Folk Festival, a “Celebration of Appalachian Heritage,” will take place Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Franklin. Co-sponsored by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC) and the Franklin Main Street Program, this free festival has it all.

The downtown area will come alive as numerous artisans take part in heritage demonstrations and exhibits featuring quilting, wood carving, basket making, fly tying, tatting, shingle splitting, early farm tools/equipment, spinning, weaving, moon-shining, woodcraft games, and a host of other entertaining and informative offerings all connected to our cultural, environmental and natural heritage. The day is highlighted with just plain family fun and these free activities and exhibits will be focused in the downtown area closing sections of Main Street, Iotla Street and Phillips Street.

The 25th Infantry Civil War Re-enactors will skirmish in The Battle of Frogtown at the 10th annual Franklin Folk Festival.The 10th Annual Franklin Folk Festival, a “Celebration of Appalachian Heritage,” will take place Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Franklin. Co-sponsored by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC) and the Franklin Main Street Program, this free festival has it all.

The downtown area will come alive as numerous artisans take part in heritage demonstrations and exhibits featuring quilting, wood carving, basket making, fly tying, tatting, shingle splitting, early farm tools/equipment, spinning, weaving, moon-shining, woodcraft games, and a host of other entertaining and informative offerings all connected to our cultural, environmental and natural heritage. The day is highlighted with just plain family fun and these free activities and exhibits will be focused in the downtown area closing sections of Main Street, Iotla Street and Phillips Street. Inside exhibits featuring the Original World’s Largest Quilt, the Cabarrus Quilt and the Celebrate America Autograph Quilt as well as many other locally made quilts, fiber arts creations, local artists, demonstrators, church displays and much more will be housed at the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church and Tartan Hall at the Presbyterian Church.

Although exhibits open at 9 a.m., the official kick-off ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the Gazebo Main Stage followed by the annual Corn Shuckin’ Contest. Returning this year, a Fire Truck Parade will begin at 9 a.m. from the Franklin Fire Station, traveling on Palmer Drive toward downtown, turning left onto Riverview Street and following the detour route back to Main Street. Businesses and museums will also spotlight local artisans, authors and musicians, so be sure to stop in.

Plenty of pickin’ and grinnin’ will be going on all over town.Other popular venues at the festival include the Civil War Camp located at the base of Frogtown, and the Antique Car Show. The 25th Infantry Civil War Re-enactors will be on hand to offer an opportunity to learn about how this conflict affected the lives of ancestors who lived through it. The reenactors will be camped throughout the weekend in Frogtown, and camp tours will be offered on Saturday.

As during past Franklin Folk Festivals, a skirmish which has become known as the Battle of Frogtown will take place as well as infantry drilling and firing demonstrations which encourage visitor participation. Free bus service will be provided all day to shuttle visitors to and from downtown and the Frogtown Civil War Camp. The Antique Car Show will be located at the lower parking lot of Town Hall. If you have a vintage/antique car or tractor, you are invited to participate in the Antique Car Show. See www.franklinfolkfestival. com for more information.

The Franklin Folk Festival will give local residents and visitors alike an opportunity to step back in time as they listen to old-time, bluegrass and gospel music performed at different venues throughout the day. - Gazebo Main Stage, Church in the Wildwood (featuring gospel music inside First Baptist Church- Chapel), and the Jammin’ Tent in front of Town Hall (open to all so bring your instruments and join in the fun). Also, entertainers will be performing inside the old Chapel at the First Presbyterian Church, in the Fire Department area on Main Street, and near the Car Show in the parking lot below Town Hall.

For more information, contact Linda Schlott, Franklin Main Street Program Executive Director at (828)524-2516, extension 304; the Franklin Chamber of Commerce at (800) 932-5294 or visit www.franklinfolkfestival.com.





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