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Arts & Entertainment

The 4th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show comes to Franklin Aug. 10 and 11 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center located on Highway 441 South. This two-day event is a Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned festival. BBQ teams from all over the country will cook Friday and Saturday preparing their best BBQ hoping to be named Grand Champion earning a N.C. State Championship. Festival admission will be $5 adults; children 12 and under free. A two-day pass is available for $8. The festival will run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11.

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The 47th Annual Macon County Gemboree was held last weekend at the Macon County Community Facilities Building.

Dealers from all over the country came to Franklin to ply their wares. The show featured everything relating to gems and minerals including equipment, supplies and books, fine jewelry, exhibits, rough and cut gems and demonstrations.

The Gemboree is a joint venture between the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Franklin Gem & Mineral Society.

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Ray Price, an American country music singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has often been praised as one of the best male voices in country music, will be in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $18.

Price is best known for hits such as “Danny Boy” and “Crazy Arms.” He served as a United States Marine in World War II, was Hank Williams’ roommate, and has worked alongside such greats as Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

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Event promoters for the Smoky Mountain Rumble Motorcycle Rally were able to secure adequate insurance for the Aug. 17-19 event. The event will take place as planned, on the Highlands Road with the support of the town and Franklin Tourism Development Authority (TDA).

During the continuation of last weeks' special called meeting of the TDA, Town Attorney John Henning Jr. announced that event organizers, Sylvia and Scott Cochran, who were not present at Tuesday's meeting, were able to obtain a quote that would provide a proper insurance policy for the rally. The insurance policy will come at a cost of $774 and it will provide at least $1 million in liability coverage to cover the Town of Franklin, the TDA, and the event promoters, explained Henning.

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