Thursday, August 28, 2014

Log Cabin Days Offers fun for All Ages

Few settings are as picturesque for a celebration of log cabins as the Ohio Amish country during the fall. Offering most activities at free admission, the Log Cabin Days outside of Loudonville, Ohio are a perfect addition to any vacation or visit to Amish country. Guests of the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are invited to make this festival part of their stay.

The 7th Annual Log Cabin Days will be hosted this year at Hochstetler Milling, outside of Loudonville, on the weekend of September 12-13. This family-friendly event has gathered over 3,000 visitors nationwide in years past, and promises to be bigger and better with each coming season. For no cost, families can tour real log cabins, attend free seminars, see a log cabin home being constructed right at the event, participate in a Silent Auction, a petting zoo, and so much more.

Dozens of unique vendors and exhibits will also make their home at the festival, including food stands offering home-cooked barbeque chicken, hot apple cider, pastries, and kettle popcorn. There will also be demonstrations of sawmills powered by steam engines. In addition, crews on site will be building a 13x24 foot log cabin home to be auctioned off at the end of the festival and transported to the winner's desired location.

For a full itinerary and map, visit Hochstetler Log Homes.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Holmes County, Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction

With summer coming to an end in Holmes County, Ohio it's time for the 28th Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction, taking place August 29 & 30, 2014, only a short distance from The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast. The Haiti Benefit auction is an effort of many different churches to bring relief to the hungry, sick, naked, and homeless people in Haiti. The ultimate goal is to win them to Christ. Relief is provided throughout the country regardless of religion, race, or creed. 100% of proceeds go to Haiti. Find the Schedule of events for them 2014 Haiti auction below.

 Friday, August 29

4:00-9:00 pm. - Furniture & Quilts on display. Food stands open.
7:00-9:00 PM. - Singing Program - Freewill Offering

Saturday, August 30

6:00 am. Breakfast buffet opens. Buffet consists of; pancakes, whole hog sausage, fried mush, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage gravy, homemade donuts, creamsticks, & Apple Fritters.

8:00 am. - Furniture & Specialty Items
8:30 am. - Tool Auction
10:00 am. Locally made quilts

Approximately 100 Handmade Quilts and Wall Hangers will be featured. Other items that will be sold are; Garage (32' x 50'), New carriages with ponies and harnesses, quality handcrafted furniture, antique tractors, lawn mowers, misc. tools, storage barns, outdoor furniture, playhouses & play sets.
Food Stands are open all day!

The menu for Friday dinner & Saturday lunch consists of: BBQ chicken, deep fried perch, chicken tenders, french fries, mozzarella sticks, shrimp, onion rings, haitian rice, & beans, homemade noodles, dressing, salad bar (available Saturday only), fresh fruit, date pudding, potato salad, cole slaw, homemade ice-cream, breads, pies, soft pretzels, cotton candy, popcorn, fruit smoothies, iced coffee, & lemonade.

Mt. Hope Auction
8076 OH 241

For more information call: Nelson Miller 330-231-0461, or Keith Weaver 330-204-6089.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Beam
August 14, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Amish Musicals at Carlisle Inn Theater Provide Unique Insight into Amish Living

When you think of Broadway style musicals, Amish romance and comedy may not be stories that come to mind, but the talented crew at the Live Theater at Carlisle Inn in Sugarcreek, Ohio has taken two such dramas from award-winning novelists and brought them to life on stage and in song. The Confession, from Beverly Lewis, is running until August 16th, and Half-Stitched, from Wanda Brunstetter, will run from August 22nd until December 20th of this year. Visitors to Ohio's Amish Country and guests of the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are encouraged to experience this one-of-a-kind look into Amish livelihoods.

Presented in a 190 seat theater-in-the-round, both The Confession and Half-Stitched were composed and directed by Wally Nason, produced by Dan Posthuma, and written by Martha Bolton. The success of these musicals in Indiana caught the attention of the creative teams here in Ohio, and in 2012, The Confession made its debut in Sugarcreek. Half-Stitched joined a year later, and the two have created a unique and fun experience for locals and visitors alike.

The Confession is based on a trilogy of Amish romance novels written by Beverly Lewis, called "The Heritage of Lancaster County," which includes The Shunning, The Confession, and The Reckoning. The musical follows a young Amish woman named Katie Lapp who finds herself trapped in the middle of love, lies, and everything in between. This emotional roller coaster connects the audience to Katie's experiences in a way only a musical can. Shows for The Confession will end on August 16th for the 2014 theater season.

A bit of a lighter and happier story, Half-Stitched tells the tale of an Amish widow who decides to teach a beginner's quilting class. This would be a pretty normal occurrence, except the students who sign up to take her class include a biker, a Marine, a quarrelsome couple, and other seemingly out-of-place characters. Half-Stitched is based on a novel written by Wanda Brunstetter, an author who is considered to be one of the founders of the Amish romance genre. This comedy is sure to bring laughter and enjoyment to viewers of all ages. The 2014 theater season for Half-Stitched begins on August 22nd and will run until December 20th.

Ticket prices and seat availability will vary as the season progresses. Visitors interested in purchasing tickets or more information about the shows can go to or call the Carlisle Inn Box Office at 855-344-7547.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ohio, Amish Country Family Farm and Field Day Event July 18 & 19

The Ohio, Amish Country, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast invites you to the Family Farm and Field Day event taking place Friday & Saturday, July 18-19, 2014 at the Reuben and Catherine Yoder Farm in Dundee, Ohio. Although this event has and agricultural theme it is not just for farmers. It is for "anyone interested in a higher quality of life" said organizer Lloyd Miller. The event is full of educational sessions on everything from grass-based agriculture to low energy lifestyles, and ways to live a simpler more idyllic lifestyle.

The Family Farm Field Day begins on  Friday, July 18 at 4:00 pm. with a vendor show, with about 100 vendors for people to browse. After the vendor show the sessions will begin where there will be a class on horse training, growing food on 10 acres or less, and a class on how to do first aid using herbs. The event will run until dark on Friday.

The sessions will begin again on Saturday, July 19 at 8:30 am. with a class on sheep herding which is always a huge draw at the event. There will be a variety of classes on topics such as managing grass dairy, sprouting grains, making good food choices and raising meat. Incorporating demonstrations and supplies, the sessions are categorized in tracks, with a Grazing Track, Farmstead Track, Homestead Track, Alternative Energy Track, Natural Resources Track, and a Beekeeping Tent.

Food stands will be available selling ice cream, pies, sandwiches, and more. Proceeds going to s special education fund for local parochial schools.

The Event location will be at the Reuben and Catherine Yoder Farm - 2517 Township Road 606, Dundee, Ohio. For more information on this event call Lloyd Miller at 330-275-7759 or Jerry Miller at 330-893-1470 or visit for the complete article.

A Standard room available at The Barn Inn.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast has accommodations available for those attending the event. Call 330-674-7600 for assistance.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Beam
July 18, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Holmes County Fair Offers Unique Look into Amish Country

For over 90 years, the Holmes County Fair has served as an affordable source of local entertainment for the community and tourists alike. Visitors to Ohio's Amish Country and guests of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed & Breakfast are invited to share in this piece of local heritage in the first full week of August.

The Holmes County Fair is held for six days each summer; from Sunday to Saturday. This year, the fair will begin on August 3rd and close on the evening of August 9th. What may seem like a small town fair with little to do is actually full of the best Holmes County has to offer in terms of crafts, livestock, other farm animals, and entertainment. The fair hosts a daily antique tractor display as well as an opportunity to purchase more modern equipment. Animal sales and shows also occur daily in the Show Barn.

Families and visitors of all ages can find something to enjoy at the fair. Amusement park rides are open after 4:00pm on Monday, and the Grandstand hosts rodeos, demolition derbies, tractor pulls, and other events throughout the week. For music lovers, live bands and entertainment will perform on the Stage on the Green every evening, featuring local groups that encompass the diversity of Holmes County; from bluegrass to gospel to modern alternative rock.

On Sunday, the fair gates will open at 7:00am, and will open at 8:00am every following day. Admission at the gate is $5.00 per person, with children 10 years of age and under at no charge. Unlimited passes for the week and for rides are also available. Parking for the fair is free, but reserved parking is available at a nominal fee. More information, including a complete fair schedule, can be found at

Submitted by Stephanie Winegar
July 17, 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Great Mohican Pow-Wow Celebrates Native American Culture in Loundonville

Starting Friday, July 11, the 30th Great Mohican Pow-Wow will take place on the Mohican Reservation Camp & Canoe in Loundonville, Ohio. Guests of the Barn Inn Bed & Breakfast and visitors to Ohio's Amish Country are invited to make the short trip to experience this unique and valuable cultural experience.

A Pow-Wow is a Native American tradition of meeting together for dancing, singing, story-telling, and friendship building, much like a family reunion. Native Americans use this time to re-live the old ways of doing things and remember their ancestors, preserving and continuing their rich heritage. While the event is entertaining and open to the public, it is also a very important time for the performers, vendors, and other Native American tribe members present.

The Great Mohican Pow-Wow serves to celebrate the culture of the Mohican Native Americans living on the Mohican Reservation in Loundonville. The three-day event is full of musical performances, dancing, stories, and plenty of Native American vendors selling their authentic wares to visitors. Among those performing is the World Champion Hoop Dancer, Lowery Begay.

Since the event is as sacred as it is celebratory, the hosts of the Great Mohican Pow-Wow request that visitors ask permission before photographing dancers or other performers. In addition, no alcohol or drugs are permitted on site, and visitors are reminded to be respectful to the traditions and customs of the Native American people during the event.

Parking for the Great Mohican Pow-Wow is free. Admission at the gate is $8 for adults 13 and up, and $4 for children 12 and under. Passes are available for the weekend, and group rates are also negotiable upon special request. Performances and other events will be held from 10am until 6pm each day. Fore more information, visit

Submitted by Stephanie Winegar
June 28, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mt. Hope Horse Progress Days on July 4th Weekend

Boasting an attendance of over 20,000 people, the annual Horse Progress Days in Mt. Hope is scheduled for July 4th and 5th of 2014. Visitors of Ohio's Amish Country and guests of the Amish Country Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are greatly encouraged to add this traditional event to their itinerary for Independence Day weekend.

For the past 21 years, the Horse Progress Days has served as a testament of the continued use and relevance of horse-powered farming. The mission statement of the event reads, "To encourage and promote the combination of animal power and the latest equipment innovations in an effort to support small scale farming and land stewardship. To show Draft Animal Power is possible, practical, and profitable."

Though tractors and machines dominate much of the modern farming industry, the Amish community has continued to use draft animals for their farming needs as part of their practicing faith. What visitors see at the Horse Progress Days is a complete line-up of the latest equipment and hitching techniques in the draft horse community. The event also showcases many horse powered farms along with a wide variety of carriages, collars, feeds, ox bows, harness and tack, and other local products to care for draft horses.

As part of the event, educational seminars and clinics are held to inform everyone from the curious bystander to the seasoned draft horse farmer. The Horse Progress Days offers entertainment for visitors of all ages, with a petting zoo and swing sets open for children. Animal and equipment presentations will be ongoing throughout.

Starting at a bright and early 8am on Friday, the Horse Progress Days offer free parking for all who attend, with an admission price of $10 per person at the gate (children 12 and under are free). For a schedule of events and more information about the rich history of draft horses, visit

Submitted by Stephanie Winegar
June 25, 2014