Opinion

October 9, 2013

Prater’s Mill: A fall tradition

This weekend could really be considered the beginning of fall in this region as you feel the cooler temperatures and see more leaves changing colors, plus Columbus Day is Monday. But in these parts the real observance is the annual Prater’s Mill Country Fair that gets underway in Varnell.

For the 42nd year, too.

The water-powered grist mill itself dates back to the 1850s and still grinds corn as it did in its beginning.

And once again this weekend the grounds around the mill on Coahulla Creek will come alive with hundreds of people browsing by the booths manned by dozens of artisans and craftsmen selling rural-themed items ranging from handmade quilts to canned salsas.

Crafts demonstrations include blacksmithing, wood carving, chair caning and hand tufting, a cottage industry that evolved into the tufted carpet industry centered in Dalton.

Appalachian heritage is abundant with continuous entertainment supplied by cloggers and bluegrass musicians as well as gospel singers.

And let’s not forget to recommend the food offerings, including favorites ranging from apple fritters to chicken and dumplings.

Presented by the nonprofit Prater’s Mill Foundation, this annual tradition that has become part of the fabric of Whitfield County could not continue to be a success without the dedication of volunteers and devoted organizers.

So set aside some time this weekend to take a fun look back at “the way things used to be.” It’s something that will likely become a part of your family’s traditions, if it isn’t already.

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • We must do better

    The numbers tell a sad tale.
    Registered voters: 36,843.
    Cards cast: 5,307.
    That means the turnout for Tuesday’s runoffs in Whitfield County was a measly 14.4 percent, according to unofficial results from the Whitfield County elections office.

    July 23, 2014

  • Letter: Control immigration

    Thousands are starting to pour into our country, and things are getting personal. Why would we end up the bad guys if we turn away children who aren’t ours? How does it make us better people to let one man steal from our children and stand by and do nothing?

    July 23, 2014

  • Helping with Book Blast betters the community

    The school test results are in, and students in Whitfield and Murray counties mostly improved from a year ago, mirroring or exceeding average scores of their peers.

    July 23, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Guns are already everywhere

    Though it happened over 30 years ago, the image is still vivid.

    July 22, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Former officer works overtime improperly

    Stephen F. Hall has pleaded guilty to theft by deception and falsifying a government record.

    July 22, 2014

  • Dalton council should seek answers

    Judicial elections in this area are usually pretty staid. In fact, they are generally nonexistent, since most judges run unopposed.

    July 21, 2014

  • Letter: Something to think about

    It has been better than four months now since Malaysia Flight 370 went missing. During that time we have heard all kinds of speculation, conjecture and opinions as to what happened to it. The only certainties to emerge are that the Malaysians fumbled the ball early on and there are some understandably distressed loved ones left to deal with their losses.

    July 21, 2014

  • Don’t forget the runoff

    Most folks are either getting ready for or still recovering from their summer vacations. So it’s easy to forget that Tuesday is an election day. A runoff election day to be precise.

    July 20, 2014

  • Be excited about a new grocery store, but stay loyal to the Green Spot

    The Daily Citizen reported on the front page of the July 15 newspaper that Dalton could get a new grocery store.

    July 19, 2014

  • John O. Schwenn: Making college completion easier

    There are, within the state of Georgia, an estimated 1.1 million adults who started a college degree program and never finished.

    July 19, 2014