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Arts & Entertainment Town of Franklin shows off its Scottish heritage at Tartan Festival

Bagpipers stroll down Main Street.The Annual Taste of Scotland Festival was held last weekend. Residents and visitors alike proudly sported plaid kilts and accessories in solidarity of their Scottish heritage.

A Scottish dinner was held on Thursday to kick off the weekend, followed by a ceilidh (Scottish party) on Friday night with the bulk of the activities planned for Saturday in downtown Franklin.

Scottish music, food, vendors and a parade drew crowds to Main Street for the annual event. The historical connection between the Cherokee and Scottish heritage was also highlighted.

The Taste of Scotland Festival is held every year on Father’s Day weekend.

Photos by Ellen Bishop

Piper Jean HayesCommissioner Jim Tate (Photo by Carla Miller)George Torraelli makes and plays the flute.Cathy and Calvin Triplett with the only kilts of their kind.Caledonia SwingBorder collies demonstrate their unique herding skills with both sheep and ducks without harming the animals.One of the sheep makes the acquaintance of John Bosio.Nikwasi DulcimersJim AndersonThe Three KiltsMckayla Shuler participates in the Highland games.Marty Miller, Charlotte Giszczak, and Grace Johnson sport matching plaid for the Scottish Tartan Festival.Little Miss Tartan Cherish RogersJuniper Trio at the Ceilidh

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