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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 15:06

Franklin Area Folk Festival

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The 13th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival, “A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center.

This family-friendly festival features live heritage demonstrations, Appalachian crafts, old-time mountain music & SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association) jammin’ sessions, Civil War reenactors camped on the grounds with infantry drilling and firing demonstrations, kids’ activities, food, textiles, tours, and more. Artisans inside Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center will exhibit Macon County’s rich heritage by teaching us about pottery, textiles, painting, and local history.

Festival-goers are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in. Inside on the gym stage, children ages 18 and under are encouraged to compete in the Mountain Youth Talent Contest (performances in traditional Appalachian music, storytelling and dance) sponsored by Jackson County 4-H with support from Catch the Spirit of Appalachia (sign-up on the FAFF website).

New this year is an area for selected songwriters to perform their renditions of old-time and bluegrass music. And downtown, located on the vacant lot/field beside Ace/Fox Mercantile at the corner of Palmer Street and U.S. 441 South, an Antique Car Show will be held where visitors can come view vintage cars/equipment then hop on a free shuttle bus out to Cowee for the festival celebration. This shuttle will run throughout the day. If you prefer to make the scenic drive out to Cowee Valley, free parking will be designated offsite with a shuttle to drop you off at the Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center.

Also, as part of the Women’s History Trail project, through portrayals and stories, we hope to provide a living history lesson to help you learn more about pioneer women in Macon County.

This free event is co-sponsored annually by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County and the Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center and support from Cowee Community Development Organization, Scottish Tartan Museum, Macon County Historical Museum, Macon County Arts Council, Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Blue Ridge Heritage Music Trail and others. The festival is made possible by grants from the Franklin/Nantahala Tourism Development Committee and the Tourism Development Authority of the Town of Franklin. or 800.932.5294.

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