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It's Summertime! - Ohio Amish Country Experiences Volume #4 Issue #7
June 30, 2012


Ohio Amish Country Experiences

A publication of
and Ohio Amish Country Marketing

Volume 04
Issue 7

July 2012

Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,

Summer is here - and it's been warm and dry! Amish farmers are already putting up their second-cutting alfalfa hay. However, it seems to be a little sparse due to the lack of rain.

Gardens and early produce (that get watered regularly) are doing very well since we had such an early and extended spring. It does seem that the predictions of a very dry summer just may have been correct.

We've seen some corn that has already "tassled out." But, the fields will definitely be needing rain in order to get a good harvest from them.

alternate-crop-field One thing for sure, the lack of rain has not stopped the "flood" of tourists from converging on Ohio Amish Country (sorry - couldn't resist the "dry" humor).

Be sure to plan ahead! Lodgings fill up fast and sometimes are booked months in advance. If you know of a particular event you want to attend and plan to spend the night - book now!

Check out the events calendar below, it's packed with lots of things to do. We include Holmes, Tuscarawas, Wayne and even Geauga County events. geauga-county-courthouse

There's plenty to do this year for Independence Day celebrations. Many places will be closed on the 4th and some will have limited or special hours - so, be sure to call ahead. Have a safe and happy 4th of July - and a wonderful Ohio Amish Country experience!

And, as always - if you need a little help navigating around Ohio Amish Country, we strongly advise that you get an Ohio Amish Country map.

Also, be sure to follow Experience Ohio Amish Country on Facebook for more exciting tips & info.

In this issue we'll be highlighting:

Feature of the Month - Weaver Barns

Tip of the Month - Our "Facebook poll" results

Featured Recipe of the Month - Zucchini Bread

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

See Previous Issues of Ohio Amish Country Experiences

Weaver Barns
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If you're looking for a utility shed or storage barn, we'd like to suggest that you look at a Weaver Barn! Their motto is: "Everyone needs a little structure in their life."

Wayne Weaver, who also owns Weaver Furniture and Wall House Coffee (both in Sugarcreek), started manufacturing and selling storage barns and sheds back in 1994.

It all started in the second story of an old barn with only 2,400 square feet of work space. Now, with 25,000 square feet of work space and a network of dealers across Ohio and surrounding states, they provide customers with a wide selection of well-crafted, fine quality storage barns.

They currently offer 15 different models available with a choice of Vinyl, Premier, and Deluxe features and a large range of special options.
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Weaver Barns manufacturing location is in Sugarcreek, Ohio at 1696 SR 39. You can call them at 330-852-2103 or toll free at 888-289-4940. Their fax number is 330-852-7804. You can visit their website at

For those who live closer to the Middlefield, Ohio Amish area, you can stop by Mullet Footwear and Country Cedar. They have shoes for the whole family, quality outdoor lawn furniture, AND - they carry Weaver’s barns and Gazebos! Stop by and take a look, they're located at 4853 Kinsman Road (SR 87). You can give them a call at 440-693-4363.

Facebook Poll Results

We are very grateful for the number of responses (and compliments) we received about our considering the possibility of transitioning from a monthly newsletter to just more frequent and regular posts on Facebook.

The response was overwhelmingly - in favor of keeping the newsletter. So . . . we will not be abandoning either Facebook or our newsletter at this time, but will try to utilize both mediums to keep fellow Ohio Amish Country enthusiasts up to date.

We would like to continue to hear from you! Tell us what you like about Ohio Amish Country and what you enjoy the most. Contact us here with your comments.

And, again, be sure to follow Experience Ohio Amish Country on Facebook for more exciting tips & info.

Featured Recipe of the Month

Since early summer produce is already coming on, here's a recipe to try:

Zucchini Bread


3 eggs
1 C. cooking oil
2 C. white sugar
2 C. peeled shredded zucchini
3 t. vanilla
3 C. flour
1 t. salt
1 t. soda
3 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. baking powder
1/2 t. chopped nuts

Beat eggs till foamy. Add oil, sugar, zucchini and vanilla. Mix lightly but well. Add flour, salt, soda, cinnamon, baking powder and nuts. Mix together and divide batter in 2 greased loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

Zucchini Bread recipe given by Mrs. David E. Hershberger, Mary Ellen Troyer, Mrs. Marlin Yoder, Mrs. William Byler, Mrs. J.L. Miller from the Cooking with the Horse and Buggy People Vol.I.

This cookbook makes a really wonderful gift for friends or family! Check here for more information about this and other great cookbooks.

Calendar of Events

July Events:

July 3-7

Ohio Chautauqua Exhibit
The theme is “When Ohio Was The Western Frontier” and the troupe features naturalist and folk legend Johnny Appleseed, frontier aristocrat Margaret Blennerhassett, Iroquois leader Chief John Logan, Lewis & Clark expedition member York, and hero of the Battle of Lake Erie Oliver Hazard Perry. Each character has a different story to tell about the Ohio frontier, and all the stories are fascinating! This program and exhibit created by the Ohio Humanities Council is only traveling to 5 places in the United States. Century Village Museum, 10am - 8pm, 1-440-834-1492.

July 3-7

Orrville Firefighters Independence Day Celebration
Orr Park, Orrville Parade 7/3 7pm, fireworks 7/7 10:15pm 330-684-5051.

July 4

Old Glory Day
Old Glory Day on Chardon Square provides a wonderful family friendly event to celebrate the Fourth of July! Bring your children to decorate their bikes, wagons, etc., and join in the Parade around Chardon Square, followed by ice cream treats. Enjoy musical entertainment, children's games, pie eating contest, balloon artist, and more! Pack a picnic and enjoy the whole day. Historic Chardon Square, 1:30pm - 4pm, 1-440-285-3519.

July 4

Wooster Community Fireworks
North of the Kinney Building on Burbank Rd. between Highland and Oldman Rd. Entertainment and concessions at the soccer complex, Kinney Property 10pm, 330-464-6305.

July 4

21st Annual Fredericksburg Independence Day Parade
Line up starts at 9:30am at intersection of Fredericksburg and Graber Rds., parade starts at 11am, "Wayne County's Biggest Small Town Parade," ball games & food concession stands following the parade at the ball diamond, 330-749-7010.

July 5

Shutterbugs Camera Club
Exercise your creativity with monthly photo assignments. Learn tips, tricks and new techniques. All skill levels welcome. Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center, 7pm - 9pm.

July 5

U.S. Army Field Band
Downtown Wooster, 7:00 - 8:30pm, 330-262-6222.

July 6

Sugarcreek Moonlight Madness Sales
Village of Sugarcreek, 330-852-4113.

July 6, 13, 20, 27

Music on the Square in Berlin
The Square in Berlin, Ohio, John Schmid beginning at 7pm in downtown Berlin.

July 6 - 8

Mesopotamia Ox Roast
39th annual ox roast & antique market. Mesopotamia Town Commons, 10am - 8:30pm, 1-440-693-4295.

July 6 - 8

Cowboy Mounted Shooting
Watch these cowboys compete in timed shooting matches on horseback, family oriented club with members in wild west outfits, Wayne County Fairgrounds Fri 8pm, Sat & Sun 10am.

July 6, 13, 20, 27

Chardon Square Farm Market & Concert
Join us Friday nights June 15-October 5 for a wonderful night of community fun! Our newly enlarged Farmers Market opens at 4:00 with local produce, bakery, meat, and other tasty treats. Bring your picnic basket & blanket or chairs and stay for the open air concert on the Square in the bandstand! Historic Chardon Square, 4pm - 9pm, 1-440-285-3519.

July 7

Cookbook Extravaganza and Tasting at Gospel Bookstore
Gospel Book Store, 4900 Oak St., Berlin, 330-893-2523.

July 7

Every Woman's House Garden Tour
Holmes County Friends & Neighbors of Every Woman's House, Millersburg area, Kim 330-763-0231 or Eleanor 330-231-1165.

July 7

Orrville Rotary Firecracker 5k Run/One Mile Walk
Benefiting community needs, Orrville Christian Church, 7:30am, 330-683-2000.

July 7

Quilt Auction
Benefiting Crippled Children's Bureau, 330-857-2641 or 800-589-9749, Kidron Auction 9am - noon.

July 7

Orrville Fireworks Display
All attention will be focused on the skies above Orrville as they erupt into a fury of thunder! Orr Park, Orrville 10:15pm, 330-684-5051.

July 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28

2012 Geauga Fresh Farmers' Market
The Geauga Fresh Farmers' Market provides fresh local food, fun and community. Monthly events include cooking demos, childrens activites and tomato, salsa and pie competitions, Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market, Saturdays 9am - 12pm, Thursdays 8:30pm - 10:30pm, 1-440-474-9885.

July 12

Whiz Bang Science Show
Have fun while learning about science, Dr. Dave Lohnes, OARDC's popular Whiz-bang Scientist, will encourage children to learn about science and will enrich the natural world experience, free family fun, John Streeter Garden Amphitheater, Secrest Arboret, 7pm, 330-464-2148.

July 12 - August 18

Ohio Designer Craftsmen-Best of 2012
Annual juried members competition, see 100 works in clay, glass, metal, wood, and fiber, Wayne Center for the Arts, daily, 330-264-2787.

July 13 & 14

Village of Shreve Homecoming Celebration & Fireworks
The Village of Shreve invites you to their Annual Homecoming Festival with fair type concessions, free entertainment, garden tractor pull, and a great fireworks display Saturday evening! Downtown Shreve area.

July 13 & 14

Lehman's Summer Celebration
Listen to live music by the Ohio Light Opera, food samples, door prizes, including a $2500 wood fire Memphis pro grill, children's activities and much more, Lehman's Hardware 10am -3pm, 888-438-5346.

July 13 - 15

28th Annual Great Mohican Pow-Wow
Mohican Reservation Campground, 23270 Wally Rd., Loudonville, 740-599-6631.

July 14

Antiques Flea Market
Smithville Community Historical Society, Mishler Mill, vendor fee $15.00 for 30 x 12 space, a few tables are available for $10, info at 330-669-3359, 9:00am - 3:00pm.

July 14

Second Saturdays in the 'Burg
1960's Theme, Historic Downtown Millersburg, Courthouse Lawn, 330-674-3955.

July 14 & 15

Ice Cream Weekend
Celebrate National Ice Cream Month at Farmpark! Try your hand at making ice cream and discover the dairy cows that produce milk and cream. Find out where your favorite ice cream flavor comes from. Enjoy an old fashioned ice cream social and participate in a cow-milking contest, old fashioned games, crafts, and more. We'll even show you how to make hay while the sun shines. Join the fun! Lake Metroparks Farmpark, Sat. & Sun. 9am - 5pm, 1-440-256-2122; 1-800-366-3276.

July 15

River Jamboree
Enjoy Lake County's wonderful bounty of freshwater resources, including the Grand River - their only Scenic and Wild River. The free family event will focus on those species and qualities that make the Grand River unique. Hidden Valley Park, 1pm - 4pm, 1-440-256-1404.

July 15

Smithville Community Historical Society Open House
Mishler Weaving Mill, Village Blacksmith, Sheller House, Carriage Barn and Pioneer Log Cabin open for tours, located along Main Street in Smithville, only Mishler Mill and Reception Center are handicapped accessible, Smithville Historical Society & Mishler Mill, 1:30-4 pm, 330-669-9308.

July 17

Hartzler's Music Night
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the evening outside listening to local musicians-weather permitting, Hartzler Family Dairy & Ice Cream Shoppe, 7pm, 330-345-8190.

July 19

The McKamey's Gospel Concert
Amish Door Restaurant, 1210 Winesburg St., Wilmot, 888-264-7436.

July 20

Meet the Artist: Stuart Pearl
Meet the artist and view his diverse collection of nature photography on display through October. Refreshments served. Geauga Park District - Big Creek Park, Meyer Center, 7pm - 9pm, 1-440-286-9516; 1-800-536-4006.

July 21

Man vs. Nature Inaugural Triathlon
Healthy Holmes County Coalition, Lake Buckhorn, 330-674-5035.

July 21

Berlin Firemen's Festival
Berlin Elementary School, 4978 W. Main St., Berlin

July 20 & 21

Dalton Days in the Park
Kids' Inflatables Park, petting zoo, softball tournament, Chicken BBQ, food vendors and lots of family fun, Dalton Village Green Park, 11am - 10pm, 330-682-2105.

July 20 - 29

Stage Production of Musical "Annie"
Summer Stage Wooster presents the musical "Annie." This family favorite will delight everyone who knows the story of this spunky orphan. Wooster High School 330-264-2787.

July 20

Ohio Light Opera Party on Patio
6-7pm, Wooster Inn 330-263-2660.

July 21

13th Annual Night Insect Walk
Bring your flashlight and share in the excitement of seeing insects at night! Educational games-all ages welcome, fun for the whole family, Seaman Orientation Plaza-Secrest Arboretum 8:30-10:30pm, 330-464-2148.

July 21

Wayne County Sheriff's Reserve Annual All-Star Country Music Spectacular
Featuring country music headliners from Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry, Wayne County Fairgrounds, 3 & 7pm, 330-345-3520.

July 25

Guided Summer Walk
Seaman Orientation Plaza-Secrest Arboretum 10am, 330-464-2148.

July 25

Wooster Community Band
Bring your own lawn chair, rain location St. Mary School, in front of Everything Rubbermaid, downtown Wooster, 7:00pm, 330-345-5547.

July 25 & 26

Kelly-Miller Circus
The Kelly Miller Circus is Wednesday, July 25th and Thursday, July 26th, 2012. There will be two showtimes each day. at 4:30 pm and at 7:30 pm. The Circus will again be held at the Cardinal Middle School Field on Almeda Drive, Middlefield. The Kelly Miller Circus is the fund raising event for the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce. Cardinal Middle School, 1-440-632-5705.

July 26 - 28

Doughty Valley Steam Days
2 Miles North of Charm, 5023 SR 557, Millersburg, 330-763-0303.

July 26 - 28

Sleepwalker Festival
The Annual Sleepwalker Festival celebrates community, tradition, and family. Originated when merchants would stay open late and wear their nightclothes to work! The pajamas are gone but the festivities live on featuring festival foods, games, rides, live music and a parade. Downtown Rittman Parade Thu at 6 PM 330-925-4828.

July 27 & 28

Water Weekend: Splish, Splash, and Shop
Slip 'N Slides, Water Games, Sprinkler Fountain and a whole lot of watery fun to help cool down the kiddies during the dog days of summer. P. Graham Dunn 9 AM-5 PM 866-922-0306.

July 27 & 28

Johnny Appleseed Days
Festivities and rides at Apple Creek Village Park starting at 5 PM. Apple Creek Park Parade Sat at 4 PM, 330-698-5038.

July 27 - 28

Overboard Dinner Theater
Amish Door Restaurant, 1210 Winesburg St., Wilmot, 888-264-7436.

July 27 - 28

Rainbow of Hope Benefit Auction
Mt. Hope Auction Barn, 8076 SR 241, Mt. Hope, 330-674-5062.

July 27 - 29

Antique Power and Steam Show
Fascinating exhibition and demonstration of several hundred steam and other power-driven machines that led our Industrial and Agricultural Revolution. Hours are 10am - 5pm. Century Village Museum, 10am - 5pm, 1-440-834-1492.

July 27 - 29

Parade of Homes
Home Builders Association of Wayne & Holmes Counties Annual tour of homes and newest home innovations. Fri 3-8 PM, Sat 1-8 PM, Sun 1-6 PM 330-345-1293.

July 27 - August 4

Customer Appreciation Sale
Free Hot Dog Buffet, 11 AM-2 PM Fri and Sat, balloons, crafts, and games. P. Graham Dunn 9 AM-5 PM 866-922-0306.

July 28

Better Animals Event
Promoting animal health and education, Western Reserve Farm Cooperative, 8am - 3pm, 1-440-285-3143.

July 28

Saturdays in the Country
Every last Saturday of the month, set up on the village green, will be crafters, artisans, collectables, a farmers’ market, and an Amish bake sale, 10am - 5pm. This will not be a flea market. Be sure to visit the shops in town, the restaurants, and if you hate to leave, there are two beautiful and comfortable Inns to serve you. Sponsored by the Burton Chamber of Commerce Burton Square.

July 28

Marshallville Antique Tractor Pull
Pulling antique tractors from 1900 to 1985. One of the oldest pulls in the area. Marshallville Park 1 PM 330-855-1325.

July 28

Mid-Ohio Mopars Car Show & Swap Meet
Dodge, Plymouth, and Chrysler Brand Classic Car Show. Wayne County Fairgrounds 8 AM-4 PM 330-464-6613.

July 28

Wooster Urban Adventure Challenge
A team race that is part physical and part mental. Teams of 2 to 3 participants move by foot and bike through the city performing challenges at checkpoints. Oak Hill Park 7:30 AM 330-234-4194.

July 28

Buckin' Ohio Rodeo & Western Experience
8154 Garman Rd., Burbank 4:00 PM 330-624-7205.

July 28

Smithville Heritage Days
Car Show, antique flea market, farmer's market, music and food. Historical Society & Village Park 10 AM-10AM 330-466-8794.

July 28

Arboretum Art Festival
Secrest Arboretum 330-464-2148.

July 28

Ohio Light Opera Ice Cream Social
6-7 PM Freedlander Theatre Lawn 330-263-2345.

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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