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Sod Busters ! - Ohio Amish Country Experiences Volume #2 Issue #4
May 01, 2010

Ohio Amish Country Experiences

A publication of

Volume 02
Issue 04

May 2010


Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,

Folks in Northeast Ohio like to joke about the weather. They say that if you don't like it - wait about five minutes and it will change!

And change it has. Overall, spring has been rather nice weather this year. Temperatures have been a little on the cool side but we managed to hit 80° one day and then shortly after had a heavy frost in the morning.


We've not had a lot of "April showers" - the Almanac is predicting dry conditions in the Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes region through the summer.

So far, for the Amish, this has not been a problem. There's much to do, so they are taking advantage of the dry ground and are plowing up the sod to get ready for spring planting.


What a sight to see the different horse and plow teams turning under the green grass, disking and breaking up clods to make ready for corn, oats, hay and various other crops.

Hopefully, the weather will continue to cooperate and they'll get enough rain - after the planting is done - to make the crops grow.

As the landscape changes, the trees begin filling out and the many varieties of flowering trees and plants display their beauty, you will not want to miss out on any of it!


It will be gone before you know it, so plan to visit now - and then come again in a few weeks and you'll be amazed at the difference!

I know we've said it before, but it just bears repeating: There is no bad time to experience Ohio Amish Country. Each season, every month, even week to week there's a uniqueness that just keeps you coming back for more!


In this issue we'll be highlighting . . .

1. Our Featured Establishment of the Month - Lehman's

2. The Tip of the Month - Fishing for Steel!

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


Featured Establishment of the Month



Lehman's - located on the square in Kidron, Ohio is probably one of the most unique shopping experiences you'll ever have.

They started out as a hardware & appliance store along with a SOHIO gas station back in 1955.

Still family owned and operated, much has changed and yet much has remained the same. They are still a hardware and appliance store and they still sell many of the same things they did back in 1955.


They cater to the local Amish population by specializing in hard to find "people-powered" items that the Amish utilize on a daily basis.

They've added on and expanded several times, yet parts of the original store are still there. They even added a Café a couple of years ago.

They also added on and changed the entrance. And now, they've done it again! They just added on and opened up another 3,500 square feet of space dedicated to food preservation items.


If you've never been to Lehman's you need to make time to stop by and you'll see why they say, "A piece of the past makes an excellent present!"

Lehman's is located at One Lehman Circle, in Kidron.

You may contact them at:


Or, check out their website for more information or to shop online. _________________________________________________________________

Tip of the Month

Fishing for Steel(head)

Photo Courtesy Rich McBride

Conneaut, Ohio (in Ashtabula County) is home to a nationally renown creek. Conneaut Creek is well known in fishing circles for its steelhead trout fishing.

Each year, tens of thousands of yearling steelhead are stocked in the creek by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

Fly fisherman come from far and near for the opportunity to "land a big one" and enjoy the flavor of fresh trout.

Steelhead season in the creek runs from September through May. About mid April through mid May the fish head downstream to "summer" in Lake Erie. Come fall, they once again head upstream for spawning.

So, there's still time to catch yours . . . before they all get away!


Calendar of Events

May Events:

May 7 - 8

Mother's Day at Yeowza Resorts
Fresh fruit & dip in the lobby upon check-in Friday, Saturday evening from 7-10 is spa night and includes chair massages, manicures, pedicures, and snacks, Yeowza Resorts, 8480 Possum Hollow Road, Dundee, Ohio 44624. Call 330-852-3270 or 888-493-6992 for more information.

May 8

Vintage Tractor Show
Ohio Swiss Festival Grounds (Behind Sugarcreek Fire Station on North Broadway), Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681. Call 888-609-7592 for more information.

May 10

Steve Chupp Furniture Auction
New furniture galore! Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind auction and find good quality new furniture for every room of your house, Buckeye Event Center, 624 Henry Street, Dalton, Ohio 44618. Call 330-465-4725 for more information.

May 15

7th Annual Cruisin' for a Cure Car Show
Come to Amish Country and show off your Pride & Joy - and help raise money for the American Cancer Society, ALL proceeds donated to Relay for Life - American Cancer Society, pre-registration $8 per car / day of the show $10 per car, registration: 10 am.-12 pm., judging: 12 pm.-4 pm., show: 11 am.– 4 pm., awards, door prizes, silent auction and live music, community garage sales and more, downtown Killbuck, Ohio 44637. Call 330-276-4881 for more information.

Lantern Tours
Historic Schoenbrunn Village, New Philadelphia, 7-10 pm., admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Children $4. Call 330-339-3636 for more information.

May 22

Community Day
Free Admission at Historic Schoenbrunn Village, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663 from 9:30 am.-5 pm. Call 330-339-3636 for more information.

Community Day
Free Admission at Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, Dennison, Ohio 44621 from 11 am.-4 pm.

Community Day
Free Admission at Uhrichsville Clay Museum, Uhrichsville, Ohio 44683, from 11 am.-4 pm.

May 19-23

Dennison Railroad Festival
Historic Center Street District, Dennison Ohio 44621, midway opens Wed-Friday at 5 pm., Saturday-Sunday at Noon, admission is free.

May 28-30

Canal Dover Festival
Downtown Dover

May 30-31

Carefree Quilt Show
Union Hall, Port Washington, Sunday 3-5 pm., Monday 9 am.-4 pm.

May 31

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
Free Memorial Day train - any veteran or current member of the armed forces is invited to ride for free on the 1:30 pm train on Memorial Day. Immediate family members living with them ride for free too. Call the depot on the weekend at 740-753-9531 for more information. _________________________________________________________________

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

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