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Algonquin Mill Festival – Take 2

October 15th, 2008

On Sunday I went back to the Algonquin Mill Festival with Mr Chiots and a some friends.

On Sunday all the vintage cars are there. It’s always fun to see the old cars, I never see any old MINI’s though (Mr Chiot’s and I are saving up to buy one).

They also have little antique booths with some interesting things. It’s always hard to leave without buying something old. (I wonder what people will sell from now in 100 years? i-pods????)

Every year there’s a dulcimer group there. It’s very interesting music. Mr Chiot’s and I collect Christmas music, so I got a CD for our collection. It will be perfect for relaxing with some hot cocoa to the light of the Christmas tree.

One thing I always buy at the festival is some sorghum syrup. My grandpa always tells stories of eating sorghum on biscuits. I use it in place of corn syrup in my pecan pies, you just can’t beat that flavor. They have a horse that is actually pressing the sorghum and they cook it down in big kettles over the fire.

On Sunday we once again ate pancakes (and I can’t believe I didn’t take a photo). They are that delicious. I’m sure all the other food is good, they have beans & cornbread, chili, sauerkraut, and a few of the more typical fair foods. We’ve never made it past the pancakes though. I’ve always wanted to learn how to make rag rugs like this. HM, perhaps that will be a good winter hobby.
The sights and sounds of this little festival are just great. I love going back each and every year.

I’ve never bought any of the flour that they grind at the mill until this year, I decided to buy some blue cornmeal.

I’m trying to decide what to make with it, blue cornbread perhaps. Any suggestions?

6 Comments to “Algonquin Mill Festival – Take 2”
  1. Carolyn on October 15, 2008 at 8:30 am

    Great pics. Thanks for sharing.

    I vote for blue cornbread. How fun!

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  2. Kelly on October 15, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    That festival looks like a lot of fun and we think mini blue corn muffins would be VERY cute :)

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  3. Jennifer on October 15, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    I knew a woman who did braided rugs well into her 90s. She couldn’t lift them when they were done, but they were beautiful and I wish I had one.

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  4. Joe on October 18, 2008 at 1:33 am

    Very cool pictures…looks like a fun day! I can see the fall colors in the background…lovely.

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  5. Christmas in Zoar at Chiot’s Run on December 3, 2008 at 6:02 am

    […] I are huge fans of little local festivals. We really prefer the ones of historic origin like the Algonquin Mill Festival. Each year we kick off our Christmas season with a day at Christmas in Zoar. It’s such a fun […]

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  6. Andrea on January 31, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Thank you so much for these pictures!! My Grandmother, who lives in Minerva had a farm with my Grandpa in Carrollton years ago and they were a big part of Algonquin Mills. They did square dancing performances on the stage and one summer I spent a week with them and everyday we were at Algonquin making sauerkraut. I got to ride the tractors bringing the loads of cabbages to ladies to cut and then then fills the barrels to age. I ate so much cabbage, I got sick :-)
    Thanks again!

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