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 www.holmestrail.org.