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Old Appalachia lines the streets of downtown Franklin for inaugural festival

The butter was churning, the fly fishing knots were tying, and music from Appalachia could be heard on the streets of Franklin Saturday for the first annual Appalachian Heritage Festival. The festival, which was put on by main street merchants, included dozens of exhibitors and was intended to preserve Macon County heritage, all while bringing folks downtown.

With Franklin's Folk Festival was cancelled for this year, Main Street merchants took it upon themselves to make sure a cultural festival was held in its place.


The Overlook Theatre Company will present four performances of “Shrek the Musical” at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts: Friday, July 24; Saturday, July 25; Friday, July 31; and Saturday, August 1.

The show starts each night at 7:30 p.m. More than 100 actors appear in this larger-than-life show.

“Shrek” is a musical comedy suitable for all ages. The production is directed by Scotty Corbin.

Tickets start at $12. For more information, visit www.GreatMountainMusic.com or call (866) 273-4615.


The 23rd Annual Early Farm Days Antique Engine & Tractor Show was held last Friday and Saturday at the Wayne Profitt Agricultural Center.

Crafts, vendors, a parts flea market and demonstrations were all part of the event.

Exhibitor and visitorscame from all over the region including Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina.

The Macon County Historical Museum co-sponsored the event.



The Friday, July 17, Concerts on the Creek event will feature Lisa and the Boys. Music will begin at 7 p.m. at the Bridge Park Pavilion in Sylva.

The five member band is known for their country, bluegrass and old rock 'n roll style of music. Band members are Lisa Boone, Larry Boone, Dave Daniel, Bobby Sherman and Mark Crawford.

These events are free and open to the public with donations encouraged. Bring a chair or blanket. Concerts are scheduled from 7-9 p.m. every Friday from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Town of Sylva, Jackson County Parks and Recreation and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce team up to produce the Concerts on the Creek series.


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