Prater’s Mill Country Fair 2020 – Saturday
October 10 @ 8:00 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.
For Information about ATTENDING the fair Use the ‘FAIR’ menu and select’ FAIR VISITORS’ then click ‘ATTENDING THE FAIR’ . Details, process explanation and forms on how to get invited to exhibit at Prater’s Mill Country Fair can also be found under the ‘FAIR’ menu, but select ‘NEW EXHIBITORS APPLY’ then READ and follow the instructions.