Prater’s Mill Country Fair
Saturday, October 12, 2019 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Prater’ Mill Historic Site
5845 Highway 2
Dalton, GA 30721
Fair admission is $7.00 cash for adults; children 12 and under, free; military with ID, free; parking & shuttle service, free. If you don’t have cash, we now have a card option. Text PMTIX to 44321 on your smartphone to purchase advance online tickets ($7.50), or visit pratersmill.org/fair/.Visitors are urged to dress casually & wear comfortable shoes.
Begun by volunteers in 1971 to raise funds to restore the 1855 mill & surrounding buildings, Prater’s Mill Country Fair is an invitation-only festival. All crafts must be original, hand-made from only natural materials by the exhibitor. We boast the best Southern food this side of Heaven. Food items must confirm to the Southern Appalachian Country Fair atmosphere.
Prater’s Mill Historic Site is owned by the people of Whitfield County but operated and maintained by the Prater’s Mill Foundation. As a non-profit volunteer group, the foundation relies heavily on the revenue from the annual Country Fair. This is our primary fundraising event. All proceeds go back into site maintenance and day to day operations. The mission of the foundation is to protect, preserve and present the heritage of the Prater’s Mill Site for future generations.
The Prater’s Mill Country Fair focuses on mountain music, Southern foods, living history exhibits, & the handmade crafts & original art of 170 talented artists & artisans. Crafts demonstrations include blacksmithing, quilting, wood-carving, weaving & hand-tufting, a cottage industry that evolved into the tufted carpet industry centered in Dalton.
At the fair, visitors take self-guided tours including the water-powered, operating grist mill, Shugart Cotton Gin, 1898 Prater’s Store, Doctor Lacewell’s Office, Caboose, Westbrook Barn, & Goodner-Smith Farm Collection.
Across the road from the mill is the Prater’s Store. In a cabin near the store, Dalton Pike Church of God members serve authentic Southern meals of chicken & dumplings, collard greens, & cornbread cooked on a wood stove. Elsewhere throughout the fair are other specialties, such as barbecue everything, fried pies, apple cider, & churned ice cream.
During the fair, families enjoy pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, & “Little Texas” kids’ train ride.
Educational exhibits include working antique tractors, antique cars, antique plows, & “Peacock Alley,” a clothesline display of hand-tufted bedspreads.
Continuous entertainment will be on stage with Appalachian-style cloggers, as well as country, blue-grass & gospel artists. On the porch of the Mill, you can find dulcimer player Pat Bryant & grandchildren performing.
For Information about exhibiting at the fair select ‘NEW EXHIBITORS APPLY’ under ‘FAIR’ menu or pratersmill.org/fair/exhibitor/