The 17th annual Sweet Corn Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12 at St. Cyprian’s Church in Franklin.
Food, with a focus on sweet corn, can be enjoyed at tables under the shade of large trees that grace the property. Bill Crawford tells about the long-standing celebration of corn that 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. In addition to a hot meal with corn, attendees may purchase watermelon slices and baked goods.
Alongside children’s activities and onsite vendors, live music will be provided by Erik Hendrix, Dave Stewart and Nikwasi Dulcimers. Two dance groups, the High Mountain Squares and Macon County Line Dancers, will take the stage midday.
Proceeds from the festival this year support the All Saints Community and CareNet. Other organizations have benefited from the event in years past, including Wesley’s Playground.