Going on Faith

Winter 2017

The Magazine for faith-based travel planners.

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going on faith [ goingonfaith.com ] Attendees to the Going On Faith Conference will enjoy the sights, sounds and traditions of the Ohio Amish country. Elkhart County combines scenery, Amish culture, art and other attractions. place in Holmes County August 22-24. "We want to showcase our area to group travel leaders who have not been here before," said Laurie Judson of the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. "We are still a best-kept secret, even though we are the No. 1 travel destination in the state, even ahead of the legendary Cedar Point amuse- ment park near Sandusky." The Holmes County Amish come from as many as 11 different church affiliations. The more conservative among them is the Old Order. Another is known as Andy Weaver Amish or Dan Church. One of the most tradition-minded groups that shun technological change is the Swartzentruber Amish. However, mem- bers of New Order Amish blend a bit more easily with non-Amish people in Holmes County and beyond. Whichever group they encounter, visitors will get a unique experience. "It is nostalgic for folks," said Judson. "There are very few places in the world where you can see exactly what you'll see here in Holmes County." "WE ARE STILL A BEST-KEPT SECRET, EVEN THOUGH WE ARE THE NO. 1 TRAVEL DESTINATION IN THE STATE, EVEN AHEAD OF THE LEGENDARY CEDAR POINT AMUSEMENT PARK NEAR SAN- DUSKY."

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