48th Annual Algonquin Mill Fall Festival

The 48th Annual Algonquin Mill Fall Festival kicks off Friday, October 12 and runs thru the 14th. It is open all 3 days from 9:00-5:00, with breakfast starting at 7:00 am. Admission for the event is $8 per car, so bring a car load of family and friends.

Breakfast is just the beginning of food offerings at the Festival, which are all created for your dining pleasure on site before and during the festival. Most of the food stands are manned by local nonprofit, churches and civic organizations as fund raisers for them as well as the Carroll County Historical Society that puts on the step back in time festival. After breakfast you can feed those hunger pains with fresh homemade bread with apple butter, sandwiches, chili, bean soup, apple dumplings and more. If you’re looking for a full meal for lunch or early dinner you can get pork & sauerkraut dinner in the dining hall or on Saturday and Sunday a chicken barbecue is being served by the barn.

Old fashioned foods are also available for sale to take home. The 9 tons of cabbage into sauerkraut in August by the Historical Society volunteers will be for sale by the pint and quart. You don’t wait till Sunday afternoon to get your supply because it tends to sell out early. There is also apple butter made on site for sale as well as homemade loaves of bread as well as cider, cookies, sorghum, homemade jams and jellies.

The Festival is centered around the 1800’s steam grist mill that will be in operating all weekend grinding whole-wheat, splet, and buckwheat flour and stone ground corn meal, all of which are for sale and have no preservatives added! The flour is sold in the Mill as you tour and watch it being ground.

Entertainment goes on throughout the weekend. Friday bands and choirs from local high schools strut their stuff. The stage at the festival will have country, bluegrass bands, gospel music and cloggers on Saturday and Sunday.

There are plenty of attractions to check out throughout the village like setting. There is a one room school (that was used into the middle of the 1900’s), a print shop, steam driven saw and shingle mills as well as the flouring mill. There is also a NYC RR station, with a HO model train laid out a log stagecoach inn, several log cabins and a well-stocked book store.

The festival also boosts over 50 unique quality crafters and demonstrators throughout the grounds and buildings. Those include chair caning, wood carving, broom making, chain saw carving, candle dipping, blacksmith, flint knapper, rug making, weaving, quilting and an old time country store.

Activities for children include pony rides and farm animals, face painting, and sand art. Miniature train rides are available on Saturday and Sunday.

There are antique tools, steam engines and machinery on display throughout the festival. You will also be able to view an antique power show, spinning, weaving and other fiber arts as well antique cars and tractors. The Barn Floor also is home to a photo and art show.

As you can see the festival has a little of everything except carnival rides and food. So step back in time and enjoy the Algonquin Mill Fall Festival!

Press release submitted by:
Amy Rutledge
Carroll County Chamber
Carroll County Convention & Visitors Bureau
PO Box 505, Carrollton, OH 44615
330-627-0103 | 877-727-0103


by D. Rock, MyOhioFun.com

If you love sauerkraut, your going to love this festival.   The Historical Society starts processing tons of cabbage two months prior to the event.  They sell the sauerkraut by the pint or quart.  If you want your share, I suggest you not wait until the last day of the festival.  The sauerkraut goes fast.

The festival has a special sauerkraut house where the fermenting process happens.  The day I visited the house the volunteers were beginning the process of packing the fermented vegetable into the various containers which would be sold  later at the event.

Local non-profits man the majority of the food stands at the festival.  Which makes this festival even more a community event.

The Algonquin Mill Complex is located 234 Autumn Rd SW in Carrollton, Ohio.   It’s a beautiful ride in the fall.  Cell service can be limited.  Take a cooler for items you may want to buy  and a camera for the beautiful scenic views.

Other stops of interest in Carroll County include:

  1. The Atwood Lake region.
    Take time to visit this region.  Atwood Lake offers 26 miles of shoreline, camping. boating, marinas, hiking, and more.  A great place to stretch your legs, or enjoy an evening by a campfire.

2. Ashton’s 5 and 10 Cent Store 
If you remember the Ben Franklin stores, then you will enjoy this stop.
An old fashion variety store that was opened in 1932 by the late John H. and Evelyn L. Ashton. 
Location: 60 W Main St, Carrollton, OH 44615

3. Ashton House Museum
You will feel you have stepped back in time at this museum.
Ashton House Museum showcases the private collections of John and Evelyn Ashton who founded Ashton’s 5- and 10-cent Store during the Depression.
Location: 120 Third St. NW, Carrollton, OH

4. McCook House Civil War Museum
This historic house was the home to Major Daniel McCook, who with his nine sons, two brothers and five nephews, became known as the “Fighting McCooks” because of their participation in the armed services of their country prior to and during the Civil War.
Location: Public Square, Carrollton, OH 44615

5. Susie’s Museum of Childhood
“…filled with a vast collection of playthings available to American children from the late 1700s to present day.”
Location: 190 Alamo Road SE, Carrollton, OH 44615

6. Betty Kaye Bakery
A visit to Carroll County would not be complete without one of their “World Famous Brownies”.
Location: 72 W Main St., Carrolton, OH  44615

To order a free Carroll County Visitor Guide click here.

For more Ohio festivals and events visit northernohiotourism.com.