Friday, August 7, 2015

2015 Holmes County Fair in Millersburg, Ohio

The Holmes County Fair in Millersburg, Ohio brings the area together for a fun-filled week in the heart of Amish country. Local businesses, farmers and residents of the community come to participate in and enjoy animal showmanship, demolition derby, rodeo, live music and much more. This year the fair takes place August 10-15, 2015 at the Millersburg fairgrounds. The festivities this year are marked by the special knowledge that this will be the last time the fair is held at the current location. In 2016, the event will be moved to the new fairgrounds at Harvest Ridge.

The schedule of events for the fair is packed full as usual. Admission opens Monday through Saturday at 8:00 am, and closes at 8:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and at 9:00 pm Friday and Saturday.  $10 ride passes are available from noon to 3:00, and are good for the entire day. Each day contains its own highlights before the week culminates in a special closing ceremony.

Monday, August 10 – Ride passes are $12 for this day only. 4-H booth judging, king and queen coronation and swine and poultry showmanship are just several of the events that will occur during the day. In the evening, the rodeo and talent show will feature the varied skills of the community.

Tuesday, August 11 – Admission is reduced to $3 per person until 3:00 pm. Animal showing for meat goats, horses and swine will take place during the day before acoustic band Felt takes the stage to end the evening.

Wednesday, August 12 – This is designated kids’ and veterans’ day. Active military and veterans receive free admission. The Tasting Smorgasbord and a multitude of types of animal showing will occur before the Antique Tractor Pull. Later, the Amish Country Theatre will perform a comedy skit featuring live bluegrass music.

Thursday, August 13 – Admission is again reduced to $3 until 3:00 pm. The daytime events will include the Horse Versatility Show and livestock sale. Later, the evening will be filled with the roar of engines as Motocross occurs at the grandstands.

Friday, August 14 – One more day of reduced admission at $3 until 3:00 pm! Dairy and llama showing along with the Horse Fun Show are included in the day’s events. Later, Autumn Burning, a local modern rock band, will wrap up the events with original music.

Saturday, August 15 – The final day of the fair contains the garden tractor and pedal tractor pulls. The events of the fair will come to a head as the demolition derby kicks off the evening. Later, AC/DC tribute band Thunderstruck will finish off the last evening of the 2015 fair.

This final fair season at the Millersburg Fairgrounds promises a great time in the heart of Amish country. Come out to experience the events, and enjoy some of the best Holmes County has to offer. While visiting, make the Berlin, Ohio area, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast your home base while enjoying the fair or exploring Holmes County.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
Submitted 8/6/15 by Jessey H-K

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Serves Gluten-Free and Dietary Restrictions

The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Holmes County, Ohio, not only serves a hot country breakfast daily, but also takes pleasure in providing special breakfasts for dietary restrictions.  With advance notice, we are happy to prepare a breakfast made to your dietary needs, whether vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, or another allergy or intolerance.

In preparing gluten-free breakfasts, we are careful to not cross-contaminate with foods containing gluten. We use thoroughly cleaned skillets and utensils for our special request diets.

Many people suffer from non-celiac gluten sensitivity, which is different from Celiac's Disease.
Recent guests to The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast enjoyed and very much appreciated our cooking to their non-gluten dietary requests.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast Guests
If you are planning a stay at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, and have a dietary restriction, we would like to know if you are allergic to an ingredient(s) or sensitive to that food. If, for example, you request a vegan breakfast, it would be helpful to know what you would prefer instead; if you eat items such as green peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, or zucchini. Let us know if you want an alternative to cow's milk; such as almond, rice, or soy milk. If you request "No eggs," do you mean you don't want to eat eggs or if you are allergic to muffins that contain eggs. Our breakfasts are great and we will be happy to accommodate your dietary request, so long as it is not some exotic item not available to us - hey, we're in Amish Country.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
July 22, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Thunder Over Holmes County Brings Traveling Vietnam Wall to Millersburg

This year, during the 2015 Thunder Over Holmes County event on July 3-5, a touring half-scale version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be present in Historic Downtown Millersburg. The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast invites its guests and all visitors to Amish County to see this one-of-a-kind memorial and partake in the many festivities of the July 4th weekend.

A picture of the traveling Wall

Though the traveling Vietnam Wall will be view-able at Hipp Station in Millersburg from Thursday evening until Monday morning, opening ceremonies for Thunder Over Holmes County will begin at 6:30pm on Friday, July 3rd. The fireworks show will take place on the 4th after dark, but there are plenty of activities, vendors and live entertainment shows to enjoy before and after the display.

The Wall being moved by a trailer truck

Having begun its tour of the country more than 30 years ago, the "Moving Wall" is a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. The goal of the Wall is to bring the experience of the memorial to communities and veterans who may not have the opportunity to travel to DC. Built by Vietnam veteran volunteers, the Wall went on display for the first time in 1984 in Texas. Since then, the Wall has made its rounds all over the continental US from April through November.

A Vietnam Veteran visiting the Traveling Wall with his dog

July of 2015 will mark the first visit to Millersburg that the Wall has made. It promises to be a truly unique and moving experience for residents and visitors of Holmes County, especially during the July 4th weekend.

For an exceptional view of the fireworks and modern accommodations just outside of Millersburg, we have the Blossom Suite available for Saturday, July 4th. This Suite is part of our Apple Hill property and can accommodate up to six guests comfortably. For more information, contact The Barn Inn at (33) 674-7600 or book on our website.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Holmes County Trail to host 11th Annual Benefit Auction

Though trains stopped rolling through Holmes county years ago, the old railroad line, now a paved path for non-motorized vehicles and pedestrians, continues to serve residents of the county and beyond. Being a privately funded operation, the Holmes County Rails-to-Trails Coalition has used the funds from the annual benefit auction to maintain the trail since the first one was held 11 years ago. On Saturday, June 13, the Coalition will continue their efforts to invest in the area's unique non-motorized transportation and recreation corridor. The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast invites our guests and any other visitors to the area to participate in this vital and one-of-a-kind community event.

Beginning at 7:00am on Saturday, the benefit auction promises a day full of various auctions and activities for all ages to enjoy. Breakfast will be served at the opening of the event, and auctions will commence at 9:30am. Part of the tradition of the auction is the Road Apple 5k run that begins at 7:45. This run begins and ends at Hipp's Depot in Millersburg, making a full circle of the trail system that stretches from Fredericksburg to Brinkhaven. 
Among the auction items are hand-crafted quilts, grandfather clocks, other wooden furniture, a 16x24 log cabin, an outdoor patio set, and even a raffle for a 3-year-old pony. Also included are outdoor playsets, buggies and other outdoor equipment.

Food vendors and a bake sale will also be present, serving local favorites such as BBQ chicken, pulled pork, home made noodles and plenty of desserts. 100% of the proceeds from the benefit auction will go into the maintenance of the trail and its depots. For more information, visit

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ohio Bed and Breakfast is destination in May 2015 Redbook Magazine Amazing American Road Trips

The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is a destination stop along a 132 mile road trip featured in the May, 2015 issue of Redbook Magazine.  Redbook's article titled, "5 Amazing American Road Trips," features the Bluegrass & Buggy Ride Tour that beginning in Louisville, Kentucky, leading you through a medley of diverse cultures, sights, sounds, and tastes.  You'll begin with horses and bourbon, stop at the Kentucky Derby Museum, eat specialty BBQ and pickles at Momma's Mustard, and wind northward 32 miles to Shelbyville, Kentucky, home of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

May, 2015 Redbook
 Continue 22 miles beyond to Frankfort, Kentucky to tour the 200-year-old Buffalo Trace Distillery, which is interesting and cool even to teetotalers and juniors.

Travel another 79 miles to Cincinnati, a city that offers many fantastic museums.  Top on your list might be the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.  Learn how Ohio played in the role of freedom to American slaves.  Find the Cincinnati Museum Center, with three museums housed in the city's historic art deco train station.  Your children will love the children's museum, which has an indoor wilderness-themed playground. I've personally been there with our grandchildren, which they loved.  The wilderness playground is a maze of trees and tunnels; bridges suspended from tree to tree (cool even to adults).  You'll also have to try Cincinnati's famous chili at Camp Washington.

Beyond, 144 miles, in Newark, Ohio, visit the Longaberger Homestead.  Another 55 miles ahead, welcomes you to Ohio Amish Country, the home of the largest community of Amish in the world. Here the natural beauty and natural grace of Holmes County and the Amish culture have created a destination where the notion of doing things, creating things, feeling real life with hands – and hearts – is very much alive.

Redbook Bluegrass & Buggy Ride Tour Article
In Holmes County farmers still neatly plow fields by horse and by hand. Craftsmen build rock solid hardwood furniture and quaint shops feature goods that are as beautiful and functional as they are authentic.
Holmes County Ohio Photos
Twenty charming villages hug the winding roads and nestle amongst the rolling hills. Of course, each village has its own unique personality and assets, but what they have in common is a homegrown, by hand and by heart feeling.  The people who live and who work in these towns are testaments to the character and values that defined simpler times. Visitors find themselves returning again and again not just for the wonderful meals or charming shops but for the friendships they have formed with their sincere hosts.
The Barn Inn  Bed and Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio

 Start your Holmes County visit with a trip to the 265-foot mural in the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center depicting this distinctive way of life.  Spend time browsing Lehman's Hardware, Coblentz Leather, the Amish Home at Yoders, and the many furniture stores that truly take you back to a time of dedicated, patient craftsmanship. Fresh air markets offer up fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. Shops feature colorful quilts, baked goods, chocolate, wine and cheese.  Unique, live theater venues feature bluegrass, comedy, and musical entertainment fun for the whole family. And at the end of the day you’ll find sweet rest and a great breakfast at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast. Innkeeper, Loretta Coblentz, will direct you to any one of the great businesses you may wish to enjoy.

Events and Attractions, Millersburg, Ohio

For those who like a little outdoor recreation mixed in with their authentic Amish adventure, there’s plenty of opportunity in the natural beauty and open spaces of Holmes County. Golf courses, horse stables, walking trails, canoeing and kayaking and hunting are popular pursuits. 

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
May 17, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Drunken Melon Marinade Recipe for Flavorless Cantaloupe and Honeydew

Serve the best cantaloupe and honeydew melons ever!  Use Drunken Melon Marinate and never again throw out flavorless cantaloupe and honeydew melons; or simply use this recipe to enhance already good melons.  We here at the Amish Country Ohio, Barn InnBed and Breakfast, had often thrown out flavorless melons. Never again.  We flavor them up with our signature recipe for Drunken Melon Marinade.  One of our guests last week remarked, “This is the best honeydew I’ve ever eaten.” 

Drunken Melon Marinade
1 ½ cups Passion Fruit Rum
½ cup granulated sugar
1 flavorless cantaloupe or honeydew

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Place Passion Fruit Rum in a saucepan and boil for about 1 minute.  Remove from heat and add sugar.  Stir sugar until dissolved then cool the liquid.
Cut a flavorless cantaloupe or honeydew into desired serving-size pieces and place into a bowl.  When marinade is cool, pour over the melon, cover the melon bowl, and place in the refrigerator.  There may not be enough liquid to cover all of the melon pieces.  They are best if they are marinated over night or for at least 8 hours.  I like to occasionally stir them so that all of the melon pieces get flavored.

We often use the marinade twice; after marinading one melon, place another melon in the marinade.  Always be mindful of food safety.  We never use the same marinade longer than one week.  Enjoy.  Please try this and let me know how you like it.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, near Berlin, Ohio, located in Ohio Amish Country, offers full country breakfast, always including fresh fruit. The historic barn is purposefully transformed into finely detailed country inn with 11 guest rooms, farmhouse accommodations, and vacation stays. Call 330-674-7600 for reservations. 

Submitted by: Loretta Coblentz
May 6, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Amish Country Ohio Weekend Events May 1-3, 2015

  For those traveling to Ohio's Amish Country this weekend; May 1-3, there is plenty to do and see. Listed below are a few events that will be taking place in the area, that you may want to check out while you are here.

Friday & Saturday, May 1-2, 2015

Boogie Woogie Bugle Gals - Dinner Theater 12:15 pm. & 6:15 pm. each day at Amish Door Village. "The Fittser Sisters chase after the man of their dreams in this high flying musical comedy". Perfect for groups! Tickets are on sale at $40. Click here to order.

Breitenbach Dandelion Festival - will take place on Friday, May 1 from noon - 7 and Saturday, May 2 from 9-8. This festival provides fun and many activities for the entire family to enjoy. Dandelion wine sampling, cellar tours, and live entertainment are scheduled for both days. On May 2 at noon, children will enjoy the dandelion picking contest and making their own dandelion jelly. Children should gather in the picnic shelter on top of the hill. Dandelion sausage, dandelion bread, dandelion gravy, dandelion lasagna, dandelion ice cream, and dandelion sangria will be available both Friday and Saturday. Arts and craft vendors dot the hillside. Past vendors have included fine art, blown glass, handmade jewelry, lawn ornaments and much more! The festival will be taking place at the New Roadhouse Amphitheater located just 100 yards east of the winery on Old Rt. 39. Click here for more information. 

9th Annual Dutch Harness & Friesian Horse Sale - Taking place at the Mt. Hope Auction Barn Friday & Saturday. For more information click here. or call Steve Mullet at 330-674-6188.

Miller's Dry Goods Anniversary Sale - Don't miss the last two days of Miller's Dry Good's Anniversary sale! Receive 30% Off storewide (excludes quilts and handmade items). Free gift with $5 purchase, register for daily prizes and $50 gift card giveaways, and a grand prize of a $500 gift card. For more information contact Miller's Dry Goods at 330-893-9899.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

May Daze at Lehman's - Visit Lehman's on Saturday, May 2, for the annual May Daze event, and help them usher in the changing seasons. Product demos, food samples, live music, and children's activities make this a fun for all ages open house. They will be celebrating their 60th year in business with ice cream and cake. Plus join them for a ribbon cutting ceremony as they open Lehman's brand new outdoor garden.

The Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast still has accommodations available for Friday and Saturday. Call 330-674-7600 for reservations.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Schlabach
April 28, 2015