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When the Airing of the Quilts Festival wasn't held on Mother's Day weekend this year, Linda McKay with NC Mountain Made on Main Street, said her business alone was down $2,000 compared to what the festival brought that weekend last year.

With news that the annual Folk Festival would also not be held downtown this year, McKay took it upon herself to fill a void that she believes would have an even greater impact on her business than Airing of the Quilts.

"I don't think anyone owes us anything," McKay said while standing behind the counter of her shop.


The 18th annual Sweet Corn Festival will be held at St. Cyprian’s Church in Franklin on Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bill Crawford, who has been a part of the festival since its inception, says, “We offer this event to the community each year, and it’s perfect for Franklin. There’s something for everyone. We all have a great time, both festival workers and attendees.”

Back by popular demand, the Corn Fest Silent Auction is a highlight of this year’s festival.

“People will be amazed at the enticing array of auction items,” said Laurie Wright, auction chair. “We have certificates for great dining in Franklin, Highlands, Cherokee and Clayton, golfing, river rafting, zip lining, horseback riding, theater passes, gifts and home décor. There are items for every taste and budget, so we urge everyone to come check it out.”


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The 18th annual Taste of Scotland festival kicked off last Thursday in Franklin with the traditional Clan Dinner at Tartan Hall.

Festivities continued Friday with a Ceilidh in front of Rathskeller featuring music from My Three Kilts.

The main event was welcomed to town on Saturday with opening ceremonies being held on the town square at 9 a.m.

People travelled from all over the United States to participate in this year’s festival which included traditional vendors, Highland Game demonstrations, children’s activities, a parade, Border Collie demonstrations, and traditional Scottish music throughout the day.


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