Annual Great Trail Festival runs Aug. 29, 30 and Sept. 5-7


As summer winds down, it’s time for officials with the Great Trail Festival to gear up for the annual event. The 34th annual festival will be held Aug. 29 and 30 and Sept. 5-7. A re-creation of the French and Indian era, the event is held one and a half miles south of Malvern on SR 43 near the famous Great Indian Trail. Activities planned include: 18th Century Marketplace – Crafts of distinction will be offered by selected quality artisans and crafts persons. Items available for purchase include leatherwork, hand wrought pottery, fragrant herbals and florals and primitive folk art. Visitors can view fancy spinning, weaving, quilting, and basketry. Watch old-fashioned soap making, candle making, woodworking, wood carvers, instrument making, flint knappers, silversmiths, blacksmiths, and more. Music – Revel to the stirring melodies of traditional and Appalachian musicians. There will be Scottish pipers, show fiddlers, clog dancing and folk music to entertain both young and old. Buckskin Rendezvous – Buckskinners, fur trappers, and blanket traders will display and offer items needed for frontier life. Open campfires, teepee lodges, cannon firing, and tomahawk throwing are a few of the many things to see and do. The State of Ohio Tomahawk Throwing Championship will be held Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. Food & Drink – A variety of food will be available for purchase, such as ham and bean soup with Johnnycake, genuine buffalo burgers, Indian fry bread, buffalo trail bologna, ice cream, homemade nut and pumpkin rolls, copper kettle popcorn and other items. Buffalo Herd – Visitors can visit the first re-establishment of the Native American buffalo in Carroll County since the extermination of the buffalo in Ohio in the late 18th century. The Great Trail Festival is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $6, youth 10-18 $4, and children under 10 are free. Group rates are available. Pets are not permitted. For more information, contact Barbara Garduno at 330-794-9100, via email at or visit