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Arts & Entertainment 10th Annual Franklin Folk Festival

Joanne Nolen demonstrates weaving on an old fashioned loom to Everett Taranto and his sisters, who were visiting from Houston, Texas.Continuing the tradition of preserving Macon County heritage

Generations of Maconians gathered in downtown Franklin last Saturday for the 10th annual Franklin Folk Festival.

This year's event drew record crowds as residents and visitors  from all over came to downtown Franklin to see and experience  a taste of Appalachian heritage.

With demonstrators filling downtown showcasing local heritage,  festival-goers both young and old were invited to take part in the  event.

Thalia Cental shows off her spoon. Youngsters gear up for the sack race. Paul Chew makes spoons by hand. Doug Hubbs with his pottery wheel. Sonny Burell hews out a bowl the old fashioned way. Marian Knudson demonstrates the art of rug making. Mike Hastings makes and plays the flute. Visitors flocked to Main Street Saturday for the festival. Bruce Conley makes canes. Ubuntu Choir Paul Farley offers beekeeping information. Chris Meyers weaves a chair. Callie Barnett feeds a goat. Appalachian Bluegrass Amanda and Paxton Downs watch wooden bowls being made. Friends work together on a quilt. Civil War reenactors set up camp in Frogtown. Carolines sing at First Presbyterian Church Chapel. Kathy Meyers shows off her dress.

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