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Despite traffic snafu, Algonquin Mill Festival attracts large crowds

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor

Amanda Cintula, of near Akron, removed bread from the bread oven at the Alqonquin Mill Festival Friday. Her fiance’s stepfather is a festival volunteer and Carroll County Historical Society member. Cintula became a member this year.

The 47th annual Algonquin Mill Festival could be one for the record books.

The weather was wonderful all three days with rain holding off until after 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The crowd was on par with attendance at the last three for four festivals.

Carroll County Historical Society President Dave McMahon felt the threat of rain and wind Sunday is what drew a large crowd Saturday. McMahon noted over the years, Sunday was the day for the big crowd, but lately it has changed to Saturday drawing the big crowd.

“This year we had the perfect storm,” McMahon stated. “We had beautiful weather Saturday and the public listened to the weather forecast predicting rain and storms Sunday.”

McMahon said the society did a great job of advertising and promoting the festival, which helped with the large turnout of people. However, the large turnout did cause issues with parking. People were stuck in traffic for up to 90 minutes at times. One of the issues involved non-society related parking and pedestrians having to cross the busy road, holding up traffic.

“I want to thank everyone who had patience and survived the hour plus wait in traffic,” McMahon said. “I commend you for your dedication.”

Despite weather reports, Sunday’s turnout was, in McMahon’s opinion, “Like the best Friday we’ve had.” McMahon said a lot of food was sold out by the time the rain hit Sunday, with less than 10 chicken dinners available.

Tickets for county 4-H dinner, auction available for purchase

Teen Leaders 4-H Club members display a selection of items donated for the 4-H Benefit Auction to be held Nov. 11 at Atwood Yacht Club.
They are (from left): Rebecca Gromley, Dominique Costarella and Jacob Romeo.

The Carroll County 4-H Advisory Committee will hold the annual 4-H Benefit Auction Nov. 11 at Atwood Yacht Club.

The fun-filled evening is an excellent way to support the largest youth organization in Carroll County. The evening begins with a silent auction and dinner, which includes braised beef, oven baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, Prince Edward vegetables, salad and chef’s choice of dessert. The live auction will begin at 8 p.m. with Bill Newell auctioneering. There will be raffles, games and a mystery balloon grab.

In addition to silent and live auctions, the committee is holding a “Cabela’s Sportsman’s Drawing” this year. For a $10 donation, participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of three gift cards. First prize is a $500 gift card to Cabelas, second prize is a $300 gift card and third place is a $200 gift card. Only 300 tickets will be sold. Tickets are available now and may be purchased at the Carroll County Extension office.

The Carroll County 4-H Advisory Committee is dedicated to providing leadership and financial support for activities enjoyed by all Carroll County 4-H members including camp scholarships, college scholarships and many educational opportunities in between.

Tickets for the benefit are available at the Carroll County Extension office for $30 each and must be purchased no later than Oct. 27. Call the Extension office for tickets or additional information at 330-627-4310.

If you are unable to attend the event, but would like to donate items for the auction or monetarily, donations are always welcome.

Tickets for Dessert Extravaganza on sale

CARROLLTON – Tickets remain available for Carroll County Chamber of Commerce’s Dessert Extravaganza Oct. 18 from 5-7 p.m., at Century Farm Weddings, located behind Days Inn in Carrollton.

The event combines business exhibits with desserts for a delicious networking opportunity. It also features a wine tasting.

Tickets are $10 each with a limit of 200 tickets available. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 330-627-4811 or stopping by the chamber office at 61 N. Lisbon St., Carrollton.

Ashton Preservation Association, Aultman, Community Hospice, Kinder-Morgan, McFadden Insurance Agency and The Free Press Standard are gold sponsors for the event.

Hand shelled, replanted seeds produce winner of Tallest Corn Contest

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor


George Knapp stands on a step ladder to show a corn stalk that measures 13 ft. 9 inches tall. He pulled husks back to display the large, full ears of corn.

CARROLLTON – If you want to see and hear a tall tale, visit George Knapp.

Knapp, who resides on 99 acres on Gallo Rd., outside of Carrollton, won The FPS “Tallest Corn Contest” with stalks measuring over 13-feet tall. One of the stalks measured was 13-ft. 9-inches with the first ear starting eight-feet up the stalk.

Knapp always purchased hybrid corn until he saw an ad for open pollinated corn from Iowa. He planted the corn in the spring of 2016 for the deer and other wildlife to eat. Last fall he hand shelled 200 lbs. of the crop. This spring he replanted the seed with minimal fertilizer. He admits he was surprised with the height of this year’s crop.

Knapp and wife, Doris, have owned the property since 1978. However, both have deep roots in the area. Both grew up in Amsterdam and attended high school together where Forest Buchanan, renowned educator, naturalist and omithologist, was George’s favorite teacher.

Antique Power Show features car show, tractor pulls, demonstrations

CARROLLTON – The 18th annual Antique Power Show will be held Oct. 20-22 at the Carroll County Fairgrounds.

Sponsored by the Carroll County Antique Collector Club, the event features antique equipment displays and demonstrations, craft show, games and more. Over 100 vendors are expected at the flea market, held daily. Admission and parking are free.

The club kitchen will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner all three days. Hours of operations are: Friday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., with a Swiss Steak Dinner from 4 – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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