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Algonquin festival gets under way

October 9, 2012
By ESTHER MCCOY - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

CARROLLTON - The 42nd-annual Algonquin Mill Fall Festival represents a time gone by, when grinding stones turned wheat into flour and steam power was the electricity of the day.

This year's fair gets under way Friday and continues Saturday and Sunday at the pioneer village located south of Carrollton on state Route 332, with exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase homemade jellies and jams and other products made in the home, and there will be a chance to see an original one-room schoolhouse.

The "back in time" festival will walk visitors through the pioneer village and give them a chance to take in all the sights and smells of the activities. The centerpiece of the village complex is the restored 1800's steam-powered Algonquin flour mill. Originally water powered, the mill's grinding stones produce wheat, corn and buckwheat flour that will be for sale.

Children can spend time at the early railroad station watching the trains race around the HO model railroad layout. Men can enjoy spending time at the steam-powered sawmill, listening to the saw blade sing as it cuts through the logs, organizers said. And women can shop for quality handmade crafts from the many juried crafters.

Entertainment will include a variety of singing, music playing and clogging all three days. There also are engine, tractor and antique car shows on the grounds throughout the weekend.

Food available will include pancakes, bean soup and chili, apple dumplings and sauerkraut, as well as barbecued chicken.

The Carroll County Historical Society sponsors the festival each year, and the McCook House, located on the Carrollton village square, will be open during the festival for tours. There is a Civil War museum located there as well.

A church service will be held at the stage area on the mill grounds at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Admission to the festival grounds is $8 per vehicle for parking. There is no cost to enter the festival. Proceeds from the annual festival support the ongoing mission of the Carroll County Historical Society.

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