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Arts & Entertainment

Franklin’s own Blue Ridge gospel group closed out Pickin’ on the Square for the season last Saturday night.

A favorite of the locals, Blue Ridge often plays to packed out churches throughout the area. Members are Kevin Corbin, Kelly Corbin, Neil Moore and Dwight Vinson. On the piano is Michael Conard and Eric Hall is on the bass.

Pickin’ on the Square will return next spring providing entertainment in downtown Franklin every Saturday night.

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Historic Downtown Franklin is gearing up for the 15th Annual Pumpkinfest to be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this event you can take part in some traditional and some very non-traditional fall festivities.

Prior to the Saturday street festival, Highlands Road Merchants offer free hayrides from 3 to 6 p.m. and treats with merchants through 5 p.m.

Bring your pumpkin (or purchase one downtown) and sign up early for the World Famous Pumpkin Roll sponsored by the Franklin Fun Factory. The “roll” takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with signup running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The winner receives $100 cash. Other highlights of the day include a pumpkin carving contest sponsored by DNET, a costume parade and contest along with crafters, fabulous food, and great entertainment for all ages.

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Pumpkinfest in downtown Franklin Pumpkin roll, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; costume contest and parade; pumpkin carving contest; hayrides, 3 to 6 p.m.; treats with merchants until 5 p.m.

“Trunk or Treat” at Iotla Baptist Church Saturday, Oct. 29, in the church parking lot from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free hotdogs and games. The church is located at 1537 Iotla Church Road.

Country Hoedown Festival at Cartoogechaye Baptist Church Saturday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. Food, fun, games, and hayrides. Costumes are welcome; nothing scary, please. The church is located at 465 W. Old Murphy Road. Everyone is welcome.

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Local photographer using landscape to encourage preservation

James Valentine, former Highlands resident and naturalist photographer, artist, and filmmaker, stopped in Franklin on Wednesday as part of his promotional tour for the launch of his newest book, “Southern Appalachian Celebration: In Praise of Ancient Mountains, Old-Growth Forests, and Wilderness.”

Through his works, Valentine has helped to preserve millions of wild acres of forests throughout the south and has become one of the most celebrated southern photographers. Although he grew up in Tennessee, Valentine moved to Highlands in 1948, where he lived for “the better part of 40 years.”

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