Prater’s Mill Country Fair – Sunday
October 13 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm$7.00
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.