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Photo Credit: Judy Alderman 

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LEFT PHOTO –– On a Sunday afternoon drive in 1970, the Alderman family stumbled across the dilapidated Prater’s Mill, near Dalton, Georgia.  For Judy, it was love at first sight.  She thought someone must save the Mill so she and her family and volunteers, staged the first Prater’s Mill Country Fair on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 8 and 9, 1971.  At the center of the Fair is the historic 1855 flour mill seen here in 1971 with Wayne Alderman and daughter Sally, before restoration and after in 2021.

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RIGHT PHOTO — The Fair is centered around its namesake, the restored and functioning 1855 Mill built by John Pitner and inherited by his son-in-law, Benjamin Franklin Prater. The mill still operates and is powered by a Poole and Hunt turbine in the Coahulla Creek.   Prater’s Store, other historic buildings and educational exhibits complete the setting of an old-fashioned country fair. Pictured are patrons visiting the Mill during the fair.

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DALTON, GA – Exhibitors are the heartbeat of the annual Prater’s Mill Country Fair, displaying original hand-made crafts and boasting the best southern food this side of heaven.

Hosted by the Prater’s Mill Foundation on October 8 – 9, 2022,  the Prater’s Mill Country Fair features a working grist mill, live entertainment, Southern foods, kids’ interests, & over 160 artisans.  Open 9:00-6:00 on Saturday & 9:00-5:00 on Sunday. 

Adults $7 cash/person/day.  Free for children 12 and under, and adults with Military ID.  Free Parking & Shuttle. Buy tickets online  (additional fee may apply) or in line:  Text PMTIX to 44321 or visit  Casual Dress, Comfy Shoes – Strongly Urged!

DIRECTIONS: Take I-75 Tunnel Hill-Varnell exit 341 onto GA 201, Turn Right on GA 2 (Dollar General), and follow the signs to 5845 GA Highway 2, Dalton, GA 30720.     GPS  34.895592   -84.92038

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