The Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest will be held again during the Franklin Folk Festival beginning at 1:30 p.m. on July 16. Joe Deitz of the Deitz Family Band will emcee the contest. Categories will include: poetry/storytelling, vocal performance, instrumentalists, and dance.
Talents in these areas must reflect heritage and old Appalachian ways of the region. Prizes are offered for first-, second- and third-place winners. First Place best of show winner will have the opportunity of playing on the Heritage Stage at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 24. Contestants that wish to participate must register by July 1.