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Fall is in the Air - Ohio Amish Country Experiences Issue #7
September 29, 2009

Ohio Amish Country Experiences

A publication of

Volume 001
Issue 007

October 2009

Wade Wilcox Photo - used by permission

Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,

Fall is in the air! The mornings are starting to get cool and the air is starting to turn crisp.

We anticipate looking out some morning to see a wispy web of frost cover the ground and engulf the trees.

The days are getting shorter as the sun sets further south each day. But with all this . . . comes the beauty of the fall foliage for which Ohio Amish Country is so well known!

Each day it's as if an unseen artist adds more color, brilliance and detail to an already spectacular picture.

Wade Wilcox Photo - used by permission

The maples are turning colors that range from golden-yellow to fire-orange & red.

The hickory trees are beginning their transformation from simple green to a brilliant sunlit-yellow.

The underbrush lends varying shades of earthy red and orange to the beauty of the patches of goldenrod - and all together it paints the most brilliant pictures against a deep blue sky scattered with fluffy white clouds.

It's the absolute most beautiful time of the year - so, why not come and spend some of your time in Ohio Amish Country this fall and drink in the brilliance and beauty of the season! _________________________________________________________________

In this issue we'll be highlighting . . .

1. Our Featured Event of the Month - Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival

2. The Tip of the Month - Fall . . . most beautiful - but busiest!

3. October Events - Find out what's happening - where and when in Ohio Amish Country.


Featured Event of the Month

26th Annual Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival

Middle Road Covered Bridge

Don't miss it - October 10th and 11th, 2009 Ashtabula County hosts its 26 annual Covered Bridge Festival.

The Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival is held at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds each year on the 2nd full weekend in October from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.

The Festival features official "bridge" souvenirs, crafts, entertainment, historic vehicles and engines, a farmers market, a quilt show, contests, a parade, and great food!

Graham Road Covered Bridge

Admission is only $4 per person and children under 12 years of age are FREE.

The two-day Saturday, Sunday event at the fairgrounds includes a pancake breakfast both days, and a church service on Sunday.

There will be a petting zoo, animal show, mini tractor pull, a special "moo train" and live entertainment.

But that's not all! During the festival each of the County's 17 bridges are staffed and decorated for touring. Several of them have "community" events during this time as well.

Root Road Covered Bridge

You can buy crafts, souvenirs, baked goods, beverages, produce and other items at these bridges.

Some of the bridges even have some special events and live entertainment of their own.

There's also special driving tours you can enjoy. Drive your own, hook up with a group of friends or book one through the festival. They even offer step-on tour guides for motor coaches.

Smolen-Gulf Covered Bridge

There are road signs and markers that point the way for you to follow if you conduct your own tour.

The festival offers a self-guided tour map and a brochure to assist you on your adventure.

So, if you want some old fashioned family fun and the chance to see some beautiful scenery and gorgeous fall colors then here's you chance!

Caine Road Covered Bridge

For more information visit their site at:
Or, you may contact them at:

Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival
25 West Jefferson Street, Jefferson, Ohio 44047 Or Call: 1-404-576-3769 Fax: 1-404-594-1610

You can also check out our covered bridge tour page for more info on the bridges and some suggestions about self-guided trip routes you can take.


Tip of the Month

Fall . . . most beautiful - but busiest!


To be sure, fall is the best time for beauty to visit Ohio Amish Country. Yet it is also the worst time for being busy.

But don't let that discourage you from experiencing the best of Ohio Amish Country!

Granted, it is busy and crowded at the "mainstay" places in the more familiar areas like Berlin, Walnut Creek and Sugarcreek.

So, beat the crowds and venture out and away from the main areas. Take time to tour those out-of-the-way, off-the-beaten-trail places - especially on the weekends when it's busiest.


Then, visit the "tourist" areas on Monday and Tuesday when there are fewer people in the area. This way you get the best of both worlds at the best of times!

Don't forget to bring your camera along too. Whether you're a serious pro or just an amateur shutter bug you almost can't help but get great pictures.

"Kodak moments" are everywhere, waiting to be discovered and captured by you.

If you happen to catch a beauty, please consider dropping by our photo submission page and share your trophy with the rest of us! _________________________________________________________________

Calendar of Events

October Events:

October 2 & 3, 2009

Ohio Swiss Festival
Annual Sugarcreek, Ohio festival held on Ohio Swiss Festival Grounds & Swiss Village Corridor.

October 9 & 10, 2009

Charm Merchant Days Sale
Keim Lumber and surrounding businesses in Charm, 330-893-2251.

October 10 & 11, 2009

Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival
Festival features pancake breakfast, crafts, petting zoo, vendors, entertainment, van tours of the bridges and much more at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds, 135 North Poplar Street, Jefferson, Ohio 44047, 440-576-3769.

Holmes County Antique Festival
Historic Downtown Millersburg, Millersburg, Ohio 44654, 330-674-6781. _________________________________________________________________

Well, guess that's all for now - hope you find this news helpful and as exciting as we do.

Trust also that you'll have a great Ohio Amish Country Experience - real soon!

Best Regards,

Stuart & Norma Watson

P.S. Feel free to let us know what you think of our newsletter. Give us feedback or suggestions for future issues - just click here. Thanks again! _________________________________________________________________

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