By Amy Rutledge
The weather starts to cool and the children are heading back to school so it must be festival time in Carroll County. The county offers many festivals so you should be able to find one that will tickle your fancy. So, take a trip to the country and enjoy the cooler temperatures, beautiful scenery and one of our many festivals.
The season kicks off with the 38th Annual Great Trail Festival just outside of Malvern, August 24 & 25, and August 28 – September 2. It is an olde time festival of great music, arts and crafts located in the trees at the Great Trail Buffalo Farm. Visitors will see a buffalo herd grazing in the field next to the festival grounds. The Rendezvouses de la Grande Trace is also held during the festival. This is a living history based on the period of time when the state of Ohio was still a territory.
There is a daily battle reenactment as well as the State of Ohio Tomahawk Throwing Championship on Labor Day. There is also live music, clog dancing, fiddlers, Scottish Pipers, lectures and demonstrations throughout the two weekends. Of course, you can’t forget the food and arts and crafts that are scattered throughout the grounds. It is a great time for one and all.
Saturday, September 28, is Scarecrows on the Square in downtown Carrollton. Businesses and local organizations construct scarecrows on Public Square in the middle of the village. The creative creatures of the community will be on display through October 22. The crows are created between 10 am and noon, during that time there are some games for the kids and other activities on the square.
The 36th Annual Atwood Area Fall Festival will kick off Friday, October 4 and run through Sunday the 6th. There is something for everyone at this annual event, located at beautiful Atwood Lake Park in Mineral City. There is food, music, handmade crafts, hands-on displays, entertainment, interpretive demonstrations, exhibits and more. Sunday is the annual car show that brings hundreds of old cars to the grounds as well as antique engines that are there all weekend. There are plenty of activities for kids including a tractor pull, haunted hayride, pumpkin decorating, petting zoo and arts and crafts.
The second weekend of October means it is time for the 49th Annual Algonquin Mill Fall Festival south of Carrollton on Scio Road. The pioneer village setting around the 19th century operating, steam-powered flour mill will transport you back in time. Time-honored crafts, skills and techniques are actively demonstrated throughout the weekend with many products available for purchase. Sit back and enjoy country, bluegrass or gospel music, clog dancers or high school bands or choirs on the open-air stage. This is a festival you will want to come to hungry as the food is prepared on site and is the major fundraiser for more than 15 local groups from the community. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served on site though out the weekend. The Carroll County Historical Society will turn 9 tons of cabbage into sauerkraut and you will want to get there early to make sure you get your share. There is also a Church service in the schoolhouse on the Sunday at 8 am.
The 18th Annual Carroll County Antique Collector Club Power Show is October 18-20 at the Carroll County Fairgrounds in Carrollton. The event has free admission and parking. There are displays of all kinds of farm equipment old and new. The evenings have tractor pulls in front of the grandstands. For more information on dates, schedules of activities and location check out www.carrollcountyohio.com.
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