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Fall Festival continues through Sunday at Atwood Lake Park

| September 30, 2022
The Atwood Fall Festival is underway at the lakeside park that's owned an operated by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (Atwood Fall Festival Committee)

MINERAL CITY (WJER) (Sept. 30, 2022) – The Atwood Lake region is celebrating autumn’s arrival with a weekend of crafts, food, and demonstrations.

The Fall Festival is marking its 40th year at the lakeside park that’s owned and operated by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. Organizing committee member Daryl Smith says it has over a hundred craft and food vendors, a native American Pow-Wow at noon Saturday, an open car show Sunday, live musical entertainment, and more. 

“We have a Mountain Men encampment with demonstrations of the old ways and how they did it back before technology. There’s a photo contest booth here this year. We have an antique engine show, the Ohio Wagon Train. Skunk Haven is here as well as Mini Menagerie Petting Zoo.”

Forecasters are calling for rain most of the day Saturday as the remnants of Hurricane Ian move through. However, Smith says muddy conditions haven’t been an issue since they moved the festivities to the park’s renovated camping area a few years ago.

“Except for the pow-wow area, everything is on pavement, so it’s easier for people to get around. It’s more spread out, a more leisurely walk between the spots, and you can’t go more than a few feet without passing something that smells delicious.”

Admission is $5 for adults and teens and free for kids 12 and under. Smith says the proceeds go to local volunteer fire departments and other charitable causes. 

“We are a nonprofit. This whole organization is non-profit. Everything that we take in we distribute back out minus costs, et cetera.”

The festival goes until 9 tonight, reopening Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm and Sunday from 10 to 5. For the full schedule, visit

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