October 12th & 13th, 2019
Experience Prater's Mill Country Fair in 2.5 Minutes
About the Fair
The Prater’s Mill Country Fair is sponsored by the Prater’s Mill Foundation, a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to historic preservation and education. Nearly 40 civic clubs, churches and schools also participate in the community event.
Plan Your Visit
Prater’s Mill is located at 5845 Highway 2, (Dalton, GA 30721) 10 miles Northeast of Dalton and about 30 miles south of Chattanooga, TN. Note: some Navagation systems still use 500 Prater’s Mill Road, Dalton GA 30721
I-75 exit 341 (Tunnel Hill – Varnell). Take Highway 201 North 4.5 miles, then turn right on Georgia Highway 2 (at the Dollar General) and continue 2.6 miles to Prater’s Mill. For Prater’s Mill Country Fair – follow the signs.
GPS:: Lat. 34.89.525 Lon. -84.92.011
All Parking at Prater’s Mill is free. The Prater’s Mill Traffic Control will direct you off the road and into the closest available lot where the Boy Scouts will take over and get you into the closest available space. The reverse will happen to get you back out and on your way. We’ve be doing this for 4 decades, Trust that we know what we are doing. If everyone follows the signs and directors no-one will NOT get blocked in and the process will move quickly. We often park vehicles nose to tail BUT we leave driveways on each end to pull or back out. Please do not stop the vehicle to ask questions in line. Why not? – the reason you had to wait to park is because the people in front of you did. Follow signs & directions. Ask questions once parked
Our parking lots are hayfields, so this is not a trip to the mall. Where you want to go may look just fine, however, it could be too soft, deep mud, a ditch, sink hole, two foot rock, or who knows what that’s not visible. Follow the signs and directions for best results.
RVs and buses park up on the hill. DO NOT ENTER the regular car lots with anything longer that 22 foot.
Free Shuttle & Handicap Parking
Handicapped? Reserved handicap parking in the Main Lot in the section next to the Blue Bus Stop where lift equipped buses shuttle from flat ground to flat ground. Display permit or say ‘handicapped tag’ on the road & in the lot and follow the handicapped signage.
Free shuttle buses run constantly from the fair to designated stops in each lot. Each stop has its own color. Remember the color to get back to the same stop. Buses cannot drop off or pick up outside of these designated stops for safety and logistics reasons.
On the Grounds
Once upon a time Prater’s Mill and Dalton Rock shared an owner, so most of our exhibit space is gravel. High heels and small, thin wheeled strollers will find the terrain difficult at best. Casual dress, comfortable shoes and wagons are the best way to go.
FOOD: for a more interesting, higher quality show, we do not duplicate food items. However, all food exhibitors may prepare Breakfast, Brewed Tea, Regular Coffee, Lemonade, Limeade and offer bottles of Dasani® water, Coca-Cola®, Diet Coke®, Sprite®, Dr, Pepper® and 4 flavors of Powerade®. These 20 oz. screw-top, recyclable, plastic bottles sell at $2.00 each.
FIREARMS, observe the laws and ordinances of Whitfield County and the Sate of Georgia pertaining to public events. Alcohol is not permitted.
PETS ADMITTED FREE. Pets should be on leash & on good behavior, crowd, child and pet friendly. Owners must clean up after & control pets. Georgia DOT will ONLY allow service animals on the shuttle busses. To keep our historic park pet friendly, ALL owners must take full responsibility for their pet and it’s actions. Letting us know if your fellow owners are not adhering to policy by alerting a Volunteer (booth #025).
Complimentary clean up bags available at each ticket booth. On the first sign that your pet may be having issues with the crowd, small children, or other pets, please take steps to resolve and remove pet from situation and if needed removed from the grounds. Otherwise both you and your pet will be escorted out immediately.
• DOT regulations prohibit pets on shuttle buses.
• All pets must be on a leash and under control at all times.
• Pet should be acclimated to kids, crowds and pets.
• Property damage is the responsibility of owner.
• Service animals only on shuttle.
• Pet owners must clean up after their pets.
• Clean up bag(s) must be visible and with your dog.
• Young children should not walk pets.
• No pets allowed in restrooms or Port-o-lets
• Do not leave your pets unattended at any time.