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Downtown parades, games, entertainment, food and lots of red, white and blue marked this 4th of July in Franklin.

The largest fireworks display in Western North Carolina finished out the mid-week Independence Day.

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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.


Jason Crabb, a Grammy award-winning Christian music singer and musician, will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $16. A soulful, unforgettable voice has earned Crabb the honor of being one of the most acclaimed voices in all of Gospel music. He began his career at the age of 14 performing with his family band, The Crabb Family. His solo career began in 2007.

Jason Crabb is one of the most celebrated vocalists in Christian music. He's a Grammy Award winner, has won 20 Dove Awards (Christian music awards) and has performed on some of the most prestigious stages in the world.

Just this past April 2012, Crabb won the Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Award Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.


Children ages 8 and above have an opportunity to get muddy and learn about pottery in two workshops sponsored by the Macon County Art Association. Scheduled at the Association’s Uptown Gallery at 30 East Main Street in Franklin from 9 a.m. to noon, the workshops are being presented on Saturdays July 14 and July 21.

The focus of the workshop on July14 is to make critters. Ultimately the critters can become ice cream bowls, rattles, paperweights or pencil holders. The critters will be fired in the instructor’s kiln and then be available for the children to paint glaze on them during the second workshop on July 21. After the second firing, the pieces will be water tight, food safe, and reasonably durable.


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