61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Arts & Entertainment

The Friends of the Rickman Store will be hosting a forum for the presentation of music and poetry this summer.

With performers such as Steve Brady, organizer and songwriter, Angela Faye Martin and many more, the public is encouraged to come out to the store, dust off that flat-top or bring out some of that stowed poetry to share among neighbors, songwriters, poets and local talents.

Short stories are welcome, too. The time of each presentation will be kept to around 15 minutes so that everyone gets a chance to present. To sign up ahead of time or ask any questions, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or arrive at the store at 7 p.m. where a first come, first serve sign-up sheet will be provided.

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A dulcimer-building course will be offered during Western Carolina University’s 12th Annual Mountain Dulcimer Week in July.

The course will be held all day Monday through Friday, July 18-22, and will be taught by Bob Magowan, a Luthier who has been constructing dulcimers at his home in Memphis, Tenn., for the past 11 years. Magowan has built more than 100 musical instruments, mostly mountain dulcimers, and has acted as the “dulcimer doctor” at dulcimer festivals.

Fees for the course are $325 to register and $200 for materials and supplies. The course is limited to the first 10 students to enroll.

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Entice your taste buds at the third annual Taste of Downtown Sylva walking culinary tour on Saturday, June 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale at participating businesses.

Sample items from downtown businesses and partake of what they have to offer. Cool coffee drinks, brewery, gourmet cuisine, delectable sweets, organic, local fare and more.

Tickets can be pre-purchased for $15 (adults) and $7 (youth ages 12 and under) cash or check only. A limited number of tickets are available.

Registration is open for the Annual 4th of July Horseshoe and Cornhole Tournaments presented by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce on Monday, July 4. The Horseshoe Tournament will kick off Monday’s Annual 4th of July “Fireworks in the Park” festivities at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Recreation Park, just south of town on U.S. Highway 441.

The Horseshoe Tournament will begin at 10 a.m. and is open to “pitchers” of all ages, both men and ladies. Registration will open at 9:30 a.m. the day of the tournament next to the horseshoe pits. Registration fee is $25 per team. Pre-registration is now available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce.

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