The most common sight in an Amish community is the horse and buggy. It marks distinctively the separation of the Amish community from the rest of the world who uses the automobile for every day transportation.


The buggy varies with the group and reflects how conservative the community is. The more conservative the community the more austere the buggy is, the more stocky the horse is. For instance, the Swartzentruber Amish, the most conservative of groups, will use a wooden wheeled buggy with steel bands that touch the road. The side curtains will be manually rolled up and tied. The ...
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We still smile when we recall the question from a lady who called to make reservations.  It was in early May and she was making plans to come sometime later that year.

 "Can you tell me what week you think will have the best weather between now and October?" she innocently asked.

The question caught me totally by surprise.  Finally I replied, "Well, in Ohio there is a saying; "if you don't like the weather, wait an hour as a change will likely be coming"."

While it may not be that unpredictable, there are seasons in ...
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By Laurie Sidle

They’ll harness nothing but horse power for the 21st annual Horse Progress Days July 4-5 at the Mount Hope Auction Barns. The event, being held for the fifth time in Mount Hope, showcases the latest innovations in equipment and hitching techniques in the draft horse industry.

Expecting to draw both Amish and English populations as well as foreign visitors, Horse Progress Days will feature 250 horses for field work and breed presentations, according to Mose Hershberger, a local planner of Horse Progress Days. He and fellow organizer Willis Miller recently discussed the event with the Wayne County Agricultural Leaders, ...
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