August 1, 2008 

Greetings from Ohio Amish Country:

It has been a busy summer.  Seems like July just flew by.  Amish Country has presented us with many special feature weekends - Horse Progress Days and Steam Days, auctions, festivals, and related events. 

Now we see preparations for the beginning of a new school year.  Bands are beginning to practice; middle and high school athletes are getting into playing shape.  Family reunions and gatherings continue.  Churches and civic groups are engaged in fund raisers.  Life in small communities continues to be familiar and is not subject to much change.

Come visit us in Holmes County and Ohio Amish Country.

Chris Sieverdes
Amish Country Byway Visitor Center

Near The End of Summer Event:

Antiques in the Alley
August 9, 2008    9 am-5 pm
Historic Downtown Millersburg

When strolling through beautiful historic downtown Millersburg on Saturday, August 9th, you will not be able to miss the 30-40 antique dealers displaying an array of antiques in the alleys and on the sidewalks.  You will find a wide variety of antiques including furniture, glass, garden accents, salvage antiques, primitive pieces, folk art, art deco and everything in between. 

Fun for first 30 to arrive at the Courthouse Lawn at 1:00 pm they can participate in a Treasure Chest Game.  Kids pick up a treasure map, find their key and see if it unlocks the treasure chest for a special prize. There will be 10 winning keys out of 30, but everyone will go home with a little something.

Come shop, eat and also enjoy historic Millersburg’s oldest buildings with summer festivities for all!

A Few Other Dates And Activities In Ohio’s Amish Country:

Holmes County Steam and Engine Association Show
July 31 - August 02, 2008
Mt. Hope Auction Grounds, Mt. Hope, Ohio

History of modern agriculture will be on display on the Mount Hope Auction grounds.  Included in the display are steam engines, antique tractors, hit and miss engines.  Other features are fast tractor and slow tractor races, tug of war, tractor pulls, horseshoe pitching and an array of foods and goodies.

Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale & Auction
August 01 - 02, 2008
Central Christian High School, Kidron

10th Annual Sale at Four Corners Furniture
August 01 - 02, 2008
Four Corners Furniture , Four Corners Furniture, located between Berlin and Winesburg on TR 652

Concert in the Courtyard
August 02, 2008
Hotel Millersburg Courtyard, 35 West Jackson Street, Millersburg

Unique Amish Country Tour Opportunity:

12-Hour Progressive Dinner Tour  -  Offered by Amish Culture Tours

If you are looking for a truly unique experience, join us for our August 9th 12-Hour Progressive Dinner Tour.  You will enjoy three meals in three different private Amish homes along with our scenic back road tour.  Learn about the Amish culture and stop at several back road Amish Artisans locations throughout the day. 

There are a few seats remaining.  Make a reservation for an upcoming or future tour by calling 330-893-3248.  Look for dates of tours on the website,

Fair Season in Ohio:

Holmes County Junior Fair
August 11-16, 2008
Holmes County Fairgrounds, Millersburg

The Holmes County Junior Fair is the perfect way to have some ‘country’ fun on a summer day or evening. Between youth livestock shows and exhibits, live entertainment, rides and delicious fair food, there is something for everyone!

The young people of Holmes County will have their 4-H and FFA life skills and livestock projects on display for all to enjoy.  There will be judging of the animals every day and most evenings – consult the Holmes County Junior Fair schedule at

The grandstand will be brimming with people every night who want to see an entertaining feature event.  Traditional events are the motocross, tractor pull and rodeo.  A few years ago it was said that this rodeo was the largest annual rodeo held east of the Mississippi. Local bands will also perform every evening on the main fairground stage. Music covers the range from blue grass to rock to the local high school marching bands.

Excitement and enthusiasm fill the fairgrounds every night during this time.
Local businesses will be present to offer free merchandise and drawings for special prizes.  It is fun to walk the tents and fill up a “goody bag” of free odds and ends!

Carnival rides and games are plentiful for children young and old.  Walk through the Fun House, spin around on the Round-Up, race on the Fun-Slide, or swing on the giant Yo-Yo Swings.  Win a goldfish or teddy bear for your sweetheart just like in the old days.

Of course, the food is one of the best parts of the fair!  We suggest the Stromboli. It is delicious and a fair favorite. Homemade lemonade and an ice cream cone from the dairy barn compliment this meal well. There is so much to choose from, you are bound to find something you cannot resist!

The Holmes County Junior Fair is our annual event that brings the community together. It is rich in agriculture, food, and family fun!  For the fair schedule and directions, view the website at


Herb Potatoes on the Outdoor Grill

1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 Garlic cloves, minced
½ Teaspoon dried basil
¼ Teaspoon salt
1/8 Teaspoon pepper
3 Medium potatoes, cut into 1” chunks (may substitute red potatoes)

Combine the first five ingredients.
Add potatoes and toss to coat.
Place on a double layer of foil that has been greased.
Grill 30-35 minutes.

Source:  Outdoor Cooking: Over 400 recipes for grilling, barbecuing and cooking in the great outdoors.  Henry and Ruth Barkman, May 2008, page 80.   This cookbook is available on our website.  See cookbooks on the homepage menu.


OR, Check the full calendar here by clicking on
the link below.
Ohio Amish Country Calendar 

You can check any month you like, by clicking on the
arrows next to the name of the month or going to the box
that says "Go To Date"  .When you find an interesting item,
click on it to read the details.  (A window will pop up so
you can print it out to bring with you or you can have a
reminder message sent to you.)  You can sort by Category,
and select the view to  by the month, week, day or
get a listing of events.

Recipe from Amish Country

For the summer recipes check out this cookbook
found on the Cookbook page of this website.

Amish Friends Cookbook’ by Wanda Brunstetter

The next newsletter will contain another Amish cooking recipe.


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Millersburg, OH 44654

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Millersburg Glass Museum
Featuring Millersburg Crystal and Carnival Glass

The Glass Museum is currently open Tuesdays through Sundays at the Amish Country Byway Visitor Center from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  The summer hours are Tuesday through Friday 1:00 – 6:00, Saturday 10:00 – 6:00, and Sunday 1:00 – 4:00.  During fall the hours are reduced to some extent.  We are open on Saturdays ten months of the year except for nationally observed holidays. Call 330-674-2497 for hours of operation during the non-summer months or check the website

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A Purple Martin bird house is a common sight here in Holmes County.