Going on Faith

Summer 2017

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going on faith [ summer 2017 ] The second night's dinner and entertainment will take place at the Amish Country Theater, which presents comedic and family-friendly variety shows on a stage built to look like a barn. "There will be an abbreviated show presented to give people an idea of what can be offered to groups," said Judson. "The theater does a lot of audi- ence participation." On the second afternoon of the conference, tours to nearby Owens, Wayne and Tuscarawas counties, all part of Amish country, will be offered. Some delegates to conferences like to come a day or two early or stay after it to go on FAM tours. They won't be disappointed this year. Two pre-conference FAM tours have been arranged. The first is with Visit Canton, the CVB for the nearby Ohio city, and will cover the many benefits of visiting that city. The second is a more detailed tour of Amish country and will be provided by Dutchman's Hospitality. The post-conference FAM tour is to Youngstown, Ohio, and will be sponsored by the Mahoning County CVB. Also of note, the conference will feature an inspirational speaker with a remarkable story to tell. Award-winning author Rob Quillen from Omaha, Nebraska, will share his unusual encounter with a stranger the night before the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Quillen will challenge delegates to change their lives by first changing the lives of others; specifically, by making those people's dreams come true. SEASONS OF FUN Each season offers something special in Amish country. Spring bursts forth, with flowers blooming and "new" green appearing everywhere. Baby animals are born on the many Amish farms dotting the countryside. People enjoy visit- ing them in special back roads tours. Summer is a busy time on the farm, and there is much work to be done. Tourists can see some of the traditional methods still being used today. Fall is by far the busiest tourism season in the region, with fall harvests, Oktoberfest celebrations, Halloween fun and other special events taking place. Winter may be a colder time, but the Amish offer sleigh rides, visits to barns where animals are wintering, tours of cheesemaking and chocolate-making shops and a glimpse of the world-famous quilt making and furniture building that have been traditions in the region for decades. Judson said delegates will experience a change of scenery and a much slower, more peaceful lifestyle in Amish country. After the day's conference work ends, the fun begins. "We are going to give them a jam-packed three days of touching, tasting and seeing wonderful Amish country," he said. "I think it will be a lot of fun for everybody." "WE ARE GOING TO GIVE THEM A JAM- PACKED THREE DAYS OF TOUCHING, TASTING AND SEEING WONDERFUL AMISH COUNTRY." Endless shopping, dining and nightlife options 15+ facilities with unique, affordable meeting space Fun options for group activities and team building Make the Fox Cities your next meeting destination! Enjoy the big city amenities and small town charm that our 20 communities along the shores of Lake Winnebago and the Fox River have to offer: • An exceptional visitor experience for groups of 10 to 2,500 • Safe, walkable communities • Flexible, affordable meeting spaces • Free bureau services We invite your group to COME TOGETHER IN THE FOX CITIES. Begin your planning at FoxCities.org COME TOGETHER I N T H E F OX C I T I E S GET SOCIAL!

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