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 www.holmescountyshopper.com 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 www.holmescountyfair.com.

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 www.mohicanpowwow.com


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 www.horseprogressdays.com


Submitted by Stephanie Winegar
June 25, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe

Try this all-time favorite of Loretta and the guests of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast.  This classic Sour Cream Coffee Cake is both easy to make and, when served, usually elicits a request for the recipe.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake


Sour Cream Coffee Cake
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup sour cream
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Cream together for several minutes, the butter and sugar until light.  (Before beginning place butter on counter to soften.  Butter should not be too warm).  Beat in one egg at a time into the butter and sugar mixture.  Add vanilla and sour cream.

Add dry ingredients that have been combined. 

 Nut and Brown Sugar Filling
1/2 chopped nuts
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Grease and flour a 10" tube pan or 13"x9" cake pan. Pour half of the batter into the pan. Sprinkle half of topping mixture over the batter; pour the rest of the batter over the topping.  Bake for approximately an hour at 350 degrees until done or when a toothpick comes out clean.   If desired, garnish with melted chocolate.

Enjoy.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
June 14, 2014


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Why The Amish Do Not Have Church Houses or Church Buildings

Often we, the owners of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are asked why the Amish do not have church houses or church buildings.  The Amish meet for church, every other Sunday, conducting services in their barns, houses, and out buildings; such as a woodworking shop that has been prepared, and set with backless benches. Houses are immaculately cleaned, walls and windows washed, lawns manicured. Overall, homesteads are impeccably staged for the important day(s).  They usually host church two Sundays, after which, the church bench wagon is taken to the next host home.  An average Amish church in Holmes County, Ohio, may consist of about 125 people.  Many newer Amish homes and outbuildings are built with church accommodations in mind; new houses often featuring large open floor plans or walk-out basements.

Amish Church in Home - Amish Bench Wagon
As with many traditions, the Amish, when asked about why they don't have meeting houses, generally reply, "Because we've always done it that way."  I believe a look at their historic experience is helpful and may indicate where this practice began.

An excellent reference for Anabaptist history is the book, Smith's Story of the Mennonites, by C. Henry Smith. The Anabaptists who followed Menno Simons, (born 1496), preceded the Amish, who follow the teachings of Jacob Ammon, (born February 12, 1644).  The Amish broke from the Anabaptists, who were followers of Menno Simons. Menno Simon's followers were not called Mennonites until they came to America.

Because, from the early 1500's, Anabaptism was a capital crime; great persecution prevailed for those who refused infant baptism in the Catholic church. Dissenters and those who provided food and shelter to Anabaptists were imprisoned, burned at the stake, beheaded, or sometimes drowned.  Anabaptists met secretly to worship.  Today, many Amish and Mennonites make pilgrimages to a Swiss Taufer (Anabaptist) Meeting Cave where ancestors held secret church services.


Swiss Mennonite Cave - Schurch Tour
Most Amish homes have a copy of the Martyr's Mirror, a history, record book of anabaptists and early Christians who were martyred for the sake of Christ, during the reformation..  This copy was purchased at a local Amish home auction.


1814 Copy of Martyr's Mirror
In 1544, under the rule of Countess Anna (Netherlands), Mennonites were tolerated but still had to meet in secret.  When the time came that the authorities allowed church buildings, they had to be erected along back streets, out of view and obscure, without a tower or bell.  It is interesting, that on one occasion the Reformed Clergy of Norden complained to the magistrate that "the impudent Mennonites go to church to the sound of our own bells."

Today, as in years past, many American conservative Mennonite Churches are severely plain, devoid of adornment; no steeple and no stained windows. Shown below is a Beachy Amish Church in Fryburg, south of Mt. Hope.  The far left door is the ladies entrance and the far right door is the mens entrance.  After the service, anyone may use the double doors in the middle.


Beachy Amish Church
The question of whether to allow a meetinghouse created considerable tension among Amish communities; the debate extending from Ohio to Pennsylvania and Indiana.   A division in 1893 resulted in the largest segment of Amish transitioning to the use of meeting houses.  Most of those "Meetinghouse Amish" soon assimmiliated into the general conference Mennonites.  It was at this time that the term of "Old Order Amish" came to be, referring to the Amish who did not accept meeting houses.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
June 6, 2014


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Doughty Valley Steam Power Show in Ohio Amish Country

Charm, Ohio, has been host to the Doughty Valley Steam and Power Show since 2000, which showcases the rich history of steam-powered engines, saw mills, and other farm equipment. Amish Country visitors and guests staying at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast in Millersburg, are encouraged to add this one-of-a-kind show to their lists during their visit to Ohio's Amish Country.

In 1698, Thomas Savery discovered the power of steam and patented his first steam engine: an invention that marked the first form of power invented by humans. The fascinating history of steam engines is brought to the future in picturesque Charm, this year during July 24-26, 2014.


Steam engines, sawmills, and even tractors will arrive late Wednesday evening to begin to set up for three days of steam power. These powerful machines show off their function, even holding a "Spark Shower" on Friday and competing in a tug-of-war.


Food will be available throughout the event from a local charity organization. The admission price is $4 per day, and parking is free. The event will be held next to Guggisberg cheese on County Road 557 in Charm.


Rooms fill up during periods of special events.  For a special experience, consider a stay at the award-winning Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast; or for a group of friends or family, consider our group accommodations at Apple Hill. 

Barn Inn and Apple Hill Accommodations

 Loretta Coblentz
May 29, 2014