Clevelanders have the opportunity to experience a piece of Ohio's historical past while at the same time enjoy a multitude of arts and crafts and unique live entertainment at the 32nd annual Great Trail Festival in Malvern, Ohio being offered over two upcoming weekends (August 24-25 and August 31, September 1 and September 2). It is approximately a 90 minute drive from Cleveland.
Great Trail Festival Ohio's largest French and Indian War- era festival, the Great Trail Festival is a celebration of Ohio's history in addition to a celebration of American folk art with contemporary and country crafting. This family-friendly, educational event has a wide variety of fun experiences and activities for all ages.
Special Historical Note: The Great Trail was a major footpath for Native Americans that connected the Mid-Atlantic region to the Great Lakes Region.
Activities at the Great Trail Festival include historical lectures and demonstrations by costumed guides (including fur trappers, blanket traders, silversmiths and wood carvers), battle reenactments (daily at 1 p.m.), a tour of a scenic grist mill, and a chance to see a live buffalo herd (Don't miss Little Spirit, the rare white buffalo born at the Great Trail Festival).
The Festival will also be the site of the State of Ohio Tomahawk Throwing Contest on Monday, September 2 at 1 p.m.
There will be plenty of live period music in addition to clog dancers, fiddlers and Scottish pipers.
Storybrook Craft Village features numerous artisans offering distinctive arts & crafts and handcrafted gift items for purchase.
A wide variety of kettle-cooked food including ham & bean soup with Johnnycake, Indian fry bread and apple dumplings will be available for purchase.
Hours for the Great Trail Festival are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. all days of the Festival. A reminder: The Festival runs for two weekends (August 24-25 and August 31, September 1 and September 2). Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth (10-18) and children under 10 are free. Parking is free.
For more information about the Great Trail Festival call 330-794-9100 or get online at www.greattrailfestival.com.
The Great Trail Festival is located at Great Trail Farm at 6331 Canton Rd. NW (State Route 43) in Malvern, Ohio. It is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Cleveland.