Going on Faith

Winter 2017

The Magazine for faith-based travel planners.

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going on faith [ goingonfaith.com ] With our hearts we welcome you. Host for 2017 Going on Faith Conference Share our heritage. Share our beauty. www.VisitAmishCountry.com 1-877-643-7875 On some of the rides, the driver may stop and let the resident llamas, yaks, American bison, elk and deer saunter up to the sleigh for a little feed- ing. There is also a stop at a heated barn, where visitors will see zebras, water buffalo, baboons, giraffes and cockatoos that are spending the winter inside. The last stop on the journey is the main house, where hot cocoa, coffee, tea and snacks are served. Also during the colder months, the area's renowned furniture-making continues indoors. "We are known around the world for the beautiful Amish-made hard- wood furniture that comes out of this area," said Judson. "It is shipped everywhere." That furniture becomes heirlooms and is enjoyed by generations of fam- ily members in their own homes. BEST DONE IN GROUPS Individuals and couples enjoy touring Ohio's Amish Country, but some- times the fun is expanded when you are part of a group. Many groups of schoolchildren bus to the area on field trips to learn about Amish culture. The local chamber of commerce can help group planners create an unfor- gettable itinerary that will leave everyone smiling. One site groups enjoy visiting is Yoder's Amish Home, which was opened in 1983 by the Yoder family. The home strives for authenticity, and house- hold members want to share their knowledge, heritage, customs and his- tory with visitors. Tours include the two family houses and an 1885 barn, which features the unique architecture of the Amish, such as hand-hewn beams and pegs. Knowledgeable Amish guides make the visit interesting. The Yoder property also offers authentic Amish buggy rides. Amish driv- ers are quite comfortable with the visitors and glad to answer questions. The buggy ventures down private back roads, and the drivers point out favorites places and spaces around the hay field EVENTS AND MEETINGS More special events and meetings can take place in the area now that the Holmes County Fairground at Harvest Ridge has been completed. Since it opened, another new building is under construction on the campus, and when that is completed, there will be a combined 70,000 square feet of flexible rental space available for a wide range of groups. "That will be great for anyone who wants to hold an event in Holmes County," said Judson. The upcoming Going On Faith Conference will be one of the first significant conferences to be booked at the new fairgrounds. There are five prime hotels for groups to book in Holmes County. The chamber of commerce suggests the Berlin Grande Hotel, the Berlin Resort, Zinck's Inn, Comfort Suites Berlin and Lodging on the Square. For many conferences and corporate meetings, opening night ceremo- nies can include a welcome dinner at the popular Amish Door Restaurant, a traditional meat-and-potatoes restaurant and buffet in a sprawling Amish- themed venue in Wilmot. The all-inclusive campus has a restaurant, an event facility, a hotel, a bakery and a gift shop. Entertainers are often brought in to perform for the conference attendees. "And we always plan to offer plenty of authentic experiences," said Judson. For registration details, visit www.gofconference.com.

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