Folk Festival, a “Celebration of Appalachian Heritage” sponsored by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC), will be held on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Franklin. This free Folk Festival features many talented demonstrators displaying heritage skills and a way of life from the turn of the century with hands-on participation, musicians playing and singing mountain songs, square dancers willing to dance for and teach spectators, vendors supplying delicious heritage food, kids’ activities/games and contests for all ages, plus much more. More than 100 volunteer artisans will be taking part in live demonstrations and exhibits featuring quilting, wood carving, basket making, fly tying, tatting, shingle splitting, early farm tools/equipment, spinning, weaving, moon-shining, and a host of other entertaining and informative offerings all connected to the area’s cultural, environmental and natural heritage.
These free activities and exhibits will be focused in the downtown area closing Main Street, Phillips Street, and Iotla Street, as well as on Town grounds around the Gazebo and Town Hall, Rankin Square and the Macon County Courthouse. The new “Crafter's Lane on Main” will offer an opportunity to take a piece of authentic Appalachian arts and crafts back home.