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Algonquin Mill Fall Festival coming

September 16, 2010
By ESTHER MCCOY, Staff writer

CARROLLTON - A pioneer village setting awaits all who attend the Algonquin Mill Fall Festival at the original mill farm located five miles south of Carrollton on state Route 332.

In its 40th year, the festival gets under way Oct. 8-10, with hours set from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Festival planners said attractions will feature antique tools, steam engines, machinery, Carroll County artifacts and genealogical information, quilting, spinning and weaving, horse drown wagon rides and antique cars and tractors.

There are log cabins to explore, a one-room school house, an antique print shop, steam driven flour mill and saw mill, a log stagecoach inn and a stocked bookstore.

Musical entertainment is to include high school bands and choirs on Oct. 8 and country, bluegrass and gospel music and cloggers on Oct. 9-10.

Other features will include demonstrations of chair caning, stone carving, candle dipping and soap making. Children's activities include pony rides and farm animals, face painting and sand art, miniature train rides and a miniature barn raising.

The festival fare will include buckwheat and regular pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, bean soup, chili, fresh-baked bread, apple dumplings, sauerkraut, pickles, sorghum molasses, maple syrup, apple butter, cider, stone-ground cornmeal, whole wheat and buck wheat flour and a chicken barbecue on Oct. 9-10.

Also, a church service is planned at 8 a.m. Oct. 10 at the stage on the mill grounds, and the McCook House, located on the square in Carrollton, will be open during the festival, organizers noted. The admission is $8 per vehicle. Camping is $15 per night throughout the festival.

For information, call (877) 727-0103.

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