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The 18th annual Taste of Scotland festival kicked off last Thursday in Franklin with the traditional Clan Dinner at Tartan Hall.

Festivities continued Friday with a Ceilidh in front of Rathskeller featuring music from My Three Kilts.

The main event was welcomed to town on Saturday with opening ceremonies being held on the town square at 9 a.m.

People travelled from all over the United States to participate in this year’s festival which included traditional vendors, Highland Game demonstrations, children’s activities, a parade, Border Collie demonstrations, and traditional Scottish music throughout the day.

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The Town of Franklin is gearing up for its annual 2015 festival season.

Blues legend Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues will present a free concert in downtown Franklin on Friday, July 3.

The concert, “An Evening of Red, White & Blues,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Gazebo on the square in downtown Franklin.

“Mac & Plate Full O’ Blues puts on an exceptional show. This is an opportunity to hear one of the true blues legends of our time. So bring your lawn chair and celebrate this Evening of Red, White and Blues with the Town of Franklin,” said Mayor Bob Scott.

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Mountain Artisans 26th annual “Summertime” Art & Craft Show is coming to the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28. Hours are 10-5 each day.

The show features original arts and crafts from the hands of 100 regional and local craftsmen.

White House artisan and show promoter Doris Hunter, visits dozens of shows each year looking for top notch exhibitors to invite and her hard work pays off.

Each summer, customers line up for the fine selection of heritage and contemporary crafts of this area with many artisans from Macon County. David Pruitt crafts little log cabins with rock chimneys that can be lit for a cozy effect. He also makes churches and landmarks.

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