The 17th annual Sweet Corn Festival returns to St. Cyprian’s Church in Franklin on Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s event promises to be a day of enjoyable activities and great food.
“This festival is a real celebration, and is a big part of our outreach to the community,” says Bill Crawford, festival chairman. “It’s a lot of work, but a labor of love. All of us who work on the festival have as much fun as the attendees.”
Food, with a lot of sweet corn, is always the focus of the festival. The long-standing celebration of corn existed in Franklin with the Cherokees, and continues now with the Sweet Corn Festival. The ancient Nikwasi Cherokee Mound between Main and Palmer Streets in Franklin had a constant burning fire that was only extinguished just before the Green-corn dance each year. More about this ancient celebration can be found in Barbara McRae’s book, “Franklin’s Ancient Mound.”
St. Cyprian’s Church provides a perfect venue for the event, with large shade trees, a meditative walking trail, and space for children’s activities and vendors’ tents. Attendance to the festival is free, but food, handmade arts and crafts, jewelry, baked goods, and recycled treasurers and collectibles will be available for purchase.