Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Black Buggy Day

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."


Raymond Homestead said...

Enjoyed this post and the pictures! I love reading about the Amish!

Friendship Crossing said...

I'e always had a big interest in the Amish too and boy, did you get some great pics of them!
Looks like a fun time was had by all. What a nice event that your town celebrates.


Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Looks like a great event to attend...and those noodles look delicious!

Cindi said...

What fun! I love that they all get together and celebrate!
Be blessed,

A Primitive Homestead said...

I would enjoy this adventure. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for your visits and such kind words. Blessings! Lara

~Sara said...

What a fun post!
Thanks for sharing.

Trace4J said...

Good Morning
What a wonderful post.
Loved all the pictures and smiles.
Thanks for taking us along.
Woolie Hugs

Christine said...

Fantastic pictures of your community! That's such a wonderful way to come together!
Thanks for sharing Angie!

Pokey said...

I missed the date first time through, I thought this was now! It sounds like a fun wrap up of fall, with the apple butter making. What a great event to take part in, Angie! It would help to create some understanding between the communities, and help our children have a compassion for those who chose a life different because of faith. Wonderful ~

Primsue said...

Angie, this sounds like a wonderful day. I love to read Amish fiction and have always wanted to visit Lancaster. How nice to have a community near you.

Kim said...

That's really neat. I would love to go to something like that. The Amish around here really don't mingle with the English. Many of them do have English friends, but there is never any type of celebration like this. Very neat.

Love the picture of you by the buggy :0)

Kris Lavoie said...

What a neat event! I would love to go to something like that! Thanks for sharing.

jennifer768 said...

What a wonderful post.I am sure that it was a fun day that you and the girls will long remember.Thanks so much for sharing the pics and fun.Hugs,Jen

frontporchprims said...

That looks like so much fun!! Apple butter is so delicious, But the noodles....oooo yummy. They look so good. I love the photos of the things going on around you. I am glad you had a good time and that the turtle came in 3rd. Hooray. -Steph-

Simple Pleasures said...

Oh Angie,
Aren't you the sweetest dedicating this post to me! We are sisters in Amish love! Boy that looked like so much fun. I wish I lived close to you, we would have such fun together!

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Hi Angie! I was really surprised that there is an Amish community where you are! we live among the Amish here and are very used to seeing the buggies tied up at Walmart and the grocery stores. My brother lives right across from several Amish farms and they are wonderful neighbors to him. Wonderful that you have this celebration .---Jan

Danice said...

Looks like a great event. I also love Amish studying, but there are no Amish settlements in Alabama that I know of. When I lived in Mississippi, there was one of the only 2 [Old Order] Amish settlements in MS near me. Their food is the best.

Mary said...

Hi Angie, what wonderful pictures, ...thank you for sharing, I really enjoyed looking at them. I too have such a love for the Amish, must be so awesome to live so close by....when we went to Shipshewana In. last yr. with one of my blogging buddies..I had the time of my life with shopping in the Amish stores and going through the community. My trip will always be one of my cherished memories.
Wishing you a wonderful Valentine's day..filled with lots of love and smiles.
Hugs Mary

Old Red Barn said...

What a beautiful post! And those pictures, aaaah :), right up my alley. The turtle race is so funny, I wish my boys could see this. I'll show them tomorrow morning.


Pendleton Primitives said...

Hi Angie! Good to meet you. I looked around your blog a bit last night but my connection is very slow way out where I live so i had to wait to come to town to say hello. I enjoy all the pictures, looks like y'all had fun with the Amish and Mennonites. Don't you just love the food? I can never get enough of the yummy cooking. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such sweet comments!

Barb said...

How fun Angie!! Love the turtle racing!!
Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

Good morning Angie,
I loved this post. Anything to do with the Amish has caught my eye.
I love that the two cultures can get along so nicely...looks like a great day had by all.
Love the picture of you by the buggy...I am not sure if I have seen a full on shot of you...Very pretty lady!

Heather said...

How fun! I didnt know they did this in Chouteau, I'll have to check it out this fall! I'm about 45 minutes from there, love the Amish Cheese House and my friend and I went to a neat antique mall there. This looks like a fun day!