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Well I told Jett that we would have a super fun weekend working the store since it’s our annual MayFest, and that would help lessen the disappointment of not getting to go to Nationals. Bad news is that the weather is against us. Record cold temps, rain and wicked winds. So it was not too well attended by people from other areas (my target market). But there were tons of locals. (NOT my target market) Thought I’d share some pics from some of the events right outside my store today. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the Amish sights my area is well known for.

For those of you who did not know, or didn’t remember, the town my store is in is a tourist attraction known for its large Amish community. So when I’m talking about locals, I’m talking about the Amish. And no…I am NOT Amish! I live about 30 minutes away from where my store is.

Amish Buggy Races:


HeeYah!! GiddyYup!!



Strapping young single Amish boys trying to make the best time.




On their way back, on the home stretch...



Jett in my front display window for the best seat in the house. However he would much rather play Twister. I have the game as part of my display window.



The adult married Amish men now trying to let the young pups know that they still have it in them and determined to beat their time.



Preparing to make a dangerous turn.



Oh no!! Did they take the turn too fast? Are they going to tip?



Jett still not interested in the death defying race happening on the other side of the glass.



And the winner is....



Jett could care less who the winner is.



Here comes the parade. Maybe this will get Jett's attention.







Nope! Guess he's way too accustomed to seeing horses and buggies of all sizes.



Maybe some miniature horses and buggies will peak his interest?







Jett...


Kids always get his attention! Will this work?







Nope!



To be continued in next post...
 

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Some more floats...







Jett's response? "You see one parade, you've seen 'em all. Let me at my game!"



Here are just some random pics of the local culture in this community. Normally the streets are flooded with tourists from all over the country and even the world. This past week I had some people here from Germany and also Barcelona, Spain!

Young Amish girls waiting for the Parade to start.



Little Amish boy.



Amish woman dressed for the cold wet weather.



Candy Frenzy!!! Look at all the little kids swarming to get some candy.





They were prepared. They brought baggies to stuff all their candy in.



An Amish parking lot.:HistericalSmiley:



Soooo....after looking at all these pictures, have you figured out how to tell a single Amish man from a married Amish man? And have you figured out how to tell if an Amish woman is married or single? Or what about if someone is Amish or Conservative Mennonite?
 

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No, no, no..........tell me please. The pictures brought back the Mennonites that lived near Staunton Va. They always had the horses and buggies and I always thought they were such sweet people. The girls always wore their little caps and when I was 14, I was so taken with how they lived.

Thanks for the pictures, it was like going back to Little House on the Prarie...almost!!! I hate that it turned off so cold, wet and windy and you didn't get the out of town people!!

Mr. Jettster looks adorable in that window, well what I could see of him~~Crystal, I just love him!!! He's da man!!!!
 

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awesome pictures, I've never seen anything like that, thanks for sharing!

That's a great camera you use Crystal. I like the shot focusing on the guys running with the horse buggy and the background is therefore blurry. What camera do you have.
I'm wondering the same thing, love the quality!
 

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I know what it is for the men, but I won't spoil it for others. I'm guessing with the women that it is their bonnets. I see the young girls in white & others in black. So, I'm assuming the white is unmarried. There's quite a few differences between the amish & the memmonites, but I don't what difference you were refering too.
 

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Single women wear white Kerchief and married wear black
Single men don't have beards married men do have beards
And the difference between Amish and conservative mennonite is the type of shoes of wearing? black stockings and black shoes versus gym shoes?
 

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I know what it is for the men, but I won't spoil it for others. I'm guessing with the women that it is their bonnets. I see the young girls in white & others in black. So, I'm assuming the white is unmarried. There's quite a few differences between the amish & the memmonites, but I don't what difference you were refering too.
I'm talking about visually looking at a woman and being able to distinguish if she is Amish or Conservative Mennonite. There would be some differences that would make an interesting discussion on differentiating the different types or observations within the Mennonite denomination. I've grown up in this area my whole life and I still can't keep it straight!

I'll be honest, I'm unsure if there is a significance in the color of scarf the girls/women are wearing over their head coverings. I asked mom and she wasn't sure either. But looking over the group of women today, I wondered the same thing. I'll have to find that one out. But that is not the typical way of discerning if a woman is married or single, that is what I was referring to.
 

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I agree I think the unmarried men do not have beards, married men wear beards.
Unmarried girls wear white hats and married women wear black.
The conservative mennonite wears a net type of hat.

Geeeez, does all that black for married people mean they are morning their decision to marry?
 

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That's a great camera you use Crystal. I like the shot focusing on the guys running with the horse buggy and the background is therefore blurry. What camera do you have.
I have a Canon Rebel XS. It's by no means the best camera out there, but it's pretty good. I'm LOVING having it back. I had dropped it this winter and it was not working properly. So since having it back, I've REALLY been playing with it and experimenting on improving my techniques. I'm dying to get a telephoto zoom lens.

But thank you so much on the compliments! I've been practicing and I was really pleased with these. Just wish I had been a bit faster at pulling back the lens to get the whole shot in the one pic.

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Single women wear white Kerchief and married wear black
Single men don't have beards married men do have beards
And the difference between Amish and conservative mennonite is the type of shoes of wearing? black stockings and black shoes versus gym shoes?
Close!

When an Amish man marries, he grows a beard. Notice anything unusual about the Amish beard?

But nope on the guesses about the women.
 

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I agree I think the unmarried men do not have beards, married men wear beards.
Unmarried girls wear white hats and married women wear black.
The conservative mennonite wears a net type of hat.

Geeeez, does all that black for married people mean they are morning their decision to marry?
lol on the mourning comment! :HistericalSmiley:

Oh you're right about the type of covering differentiating Amish from Conservative Mennonite. There is a picture of a Conservative Mennonite woman here. Can you tell which one?

And since I'm unsure about the color of scarves they are wearing over their coverings, that's not the answer I'm looking for, or is the one that is the typical way of telling. I really want to figure that one out too.
 

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I really enjoyed the pictures.... and I especially loved
Jett playing in the window and not even paying attention
to what is going on outside. :wub: I am familiar with the
Amish and Mennonites in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area,
but I had no idea there were so many in Indiana.

I was trying to figure out the answer to your question and all
I came up with was the type and color of the head scarf.
I'll keep checking back to find out the answer.

Thanks for posting these great pics!
Debbie
 

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Do the married women tie the cap strings low away from the chin, and unmarried girls are not "tied" LOL.

Ummm, the beard is only along the chin/jaw line...not full face????

Here is the mennonite lady.
 

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Do the married women tie the cap strings low away from the chin, and unmarried girls are not "tied" LOL.
:HistericalSmiley::HistericalSmiley: You're funny tonight Pat.

Are sipping on some wine? :HistericalSmiley::HistericalSmiley:

That would be a 'no'. But what a great idea! roflol
 

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:HistericalSmiley::HistericalSmiley: You're funny tonight Pat.

Are sipping on some wine? :HistericalSmiley::HistericalSmiley:

That would be a 'no'. But what a great idea! roflol
No, not into the wine.....:wine:
 
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