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Great Trail Arts and Crafts Festival set for second half

August 26, 2013
By ESTHER MCCOY - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

MALVERN - The first weekend of the 32nd-annual Great Trail Arts and Crafts Festival has gone by but three more days of the portrayal of frontier living in the second half of the 18th century will be held Saturday, Sunday and Sept. 2.

This was a time when the Great Trail, an Indian pathway, played an important role in Ohio's history. It served as the main overland route between Pittsburgh and Detroit - key areas of frontier settlements.

The festival features food of that time, such as buffalo burgers, maple syrup products, old time root beer and sarsaparilla, hearth-baked corn bread, bean soup and ham, Indian fry bread, baked sweet potatoes and corn on the cob. There also are the traditional hot dogs, root beer floats, sloppy joes, frozen yogurt and homemade candy.

Set to appear over the Labor Day weekend will be Tom Metz, spoon maker.

Walking through the shaded forest area, antiques and primitives can be found at the antique shop.

The aroma of popcorn will come from large kettles, and a slightly sweetened kettle corn is popular with all ages. Westbrook's Cannery and Bulk Food Store offers all types of old-fashioned canned goods and bulk foods and spices. There are hot dill pickles, bread and butter pickles, pickled peppers, relishes and jams.

Wild herbs picked in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are processed in small batches and offered for cooking and skin care at Ohio Valley Herbal Products.

Underfoot Weavers demonstrate the craft at the festival and have rugs of all sizes, placemats, pot holders, hot pads, pillows, purses and a primitive style of stuffed animals for sale. Not Just Soap offers all natural bath and body products made from vegetable oils, pure essential oils and organic herbs.

Don Mars has carved little people that depict sports, occupations and hobbies persona, and the log cabin shop is dedicated to preserving history and advancing the sport of muzzle loading.

Although the coffee pot farm sounds like a restaurant, actually they raise alpaca and offer alpaca products, fleece and showmanship classes.

Hand dipped beeswax candles are demonstrated and sold, along with Christmas ornaments, bee products and homemade soaps at the stand of David Duncan. Jim Martin, blacksmith, makes camp gear and colonial reproductions, and Zoar Metals has handcrafted items. The gun shop is a working muzzle loading gun shop of the late 1700s and early 1800s. Handmade knives and decorated gourds are on display and for sale at the Cabin Fever Crafts booth.

Also, there are pottery and paintings by Catherina Kendrick of Salineville, and a chain saw artist from Backwoods Creations is on the grounds carving all types of decorations.

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