This post is dedicated to my sweet friend and fellow Amish lover, Michelle from Simple Pleasures. I live 20 minutes from a small Amish and Mennonite community in Chouteau, Oklahoma. Once a year in September the town hosts "Black Buggy Day" that is open to everyone. I love going just to watch the "English" and the Amish come together and have some good old-fashioned FUN!
How about some fresh apple butter? Can't get any fresher than this!
Wonderful gospel music by the Harbinger Quartet.
We rented turtles for $1 each for Amariah and her friend Britlan so they could join in the turtle race.
Amariah's turtle (#3) crossed the finish line in 3rd place, haha! They had such a good time with this, I was actually quite surprised.
Such a cutie with his blonde hair but I was afraid he was going to fall. I was shocked at the number of young ones that were allowed to freely roam.
Hanging out at the Horsin' Around Arena.
I adored these sweet little girls in their matching outfits...
My lunch for the day was of course homemade Amish noodles. They were so delicious, I had to have two helpings, yum!
This frustrated little man was having such a hard time with his horse. I couldn't help but laugh and feel sorry for him all at the same time.
Yay, he got it!
A row of distinguished gentlemen...
I can't remember what they called this race but it was actually fun to watch. Each rider had an end to a PVC pipe that held a hedge apple in the middle. They had to carry it down and drop it in the barrel then race back to the start with the pipe. Quickest time without dropping the hedge apple was the winner. I was looking around for some of them hedge apples to take home with me but they must have had them hid, lol!
The girls and I had a great time. Who knew that teenagers would enjoy hanging out with the Amish?! Haha! Yes, actually a picture of me standing by one of the buggies.
I'm grateful that there are still communities around "where cultures come together". "Chouteau consists of two different cultures coming together with one purpose, to make a better community for our families to live and grow. Black Buggy Day is a day where we come together to celebrate the ways we are different but more importantly, the ways that we are the same."