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Festival displays history

August 19, 2010
By ESTHER MCCOY, Staff writer

CARROLTON - The 29th annual Great Trail Festival, near the famous Great Indian Trail, will provide two full weekends of old-fashioned entertainment for the young and not so young.

The event is a recreation of the French and Indian era, with an 18th-century marketplace featuring crafts of distinction by quality artisans and craftspersons. There will be handwrought pottery items, primitive folk art, fragrant herbals, leatherwork and basketry available.

An Indian village lies across the creek on the grounds. Here one can witness meat being cooked on a spit over an open fire, the making of wooden items, a semblance of authentic living and the sale of Indian works displayed on the ground in front of the tents.

The entertainment includes Appalachian musicians, with old-fashioned instruments, fiddlers, clog dancing and Scottish pipers.

Concessions range from ham and bean soup with johnny cakes, genuine Buffalo burgers, Indian fried bread, Buffalo trail bologna, hot apple dumplings, funnel cakes and copper kettle popcorn.

There is a fudge shop and a bake shop that will feature homemade nut rolls and pumpkin rolls.

This is the first re-establishment of native American Buffalo in Carroll County since the animals last inhabited Ohio in the late 18th century.

Hours for the festival are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a flag raising at 11 a.m. each day.

The cost is $6 for adults; $4 for youth from 10-18 and children are free when accompanied by an adult.

There are acres of free parking.

The Ohio tomahawk throwing championship will be held at noon Sept. 6, and a battle re-enactment is held daily at noon with the firing of a cannon across the lake.

For information, call (330) 794-9100 or send an e-mail to or visit

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