Wednesday, October 9, 2013

30th Annual Charm Merchant Days Promote Local Goods October 11 & 12

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast invites you to the Charm Merchant Days Festival on Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12, 2013. This event is perfect for families and travelers looking to enjoy an autumn weekend in the heart of Amish country.

Located on State Route 557 in Holmes County, Charm is a small Amish town with plenty of local merchants looking to sell their home-made, local goods and produce. During the Charm Merchant Days, held annually on the second weekend of October since 1983, merchants in the area offer discounts and bargains in the form of bake sales, flea markets, and yard sales. A benefit for the local school is also held, selling old-fashioned chili and fry pies.

On Friday evening, a special, old-time fiddling program and performance is held at the festival. Additionally, elementary children from Charm hold a Wooly Worm Derby on Friday afternoon, in which the children select their favorite caterpillar to race up a string.

Saturday brings an auction with donations from area residents and businesses, along with a horse show at the southern end of town in the morning. A pie contest has been held on Saturday of the festival since 1991, where the winning pies are auctioned after judging. The proceeds from the auction go to the Charm Community Share-N-Care Fund, which provides charity to local families in need. the final event on Saturday is a prize drawing where the names of participants are pulled to win a variety of items from the merchants, and one grand prize of $1000.

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Submitted by: Elizabeth Beam
October 9, 2013

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