Ohio Amish Country Festivals & Shows
Here’s where you can spend the day celebrating local heritage and take in a show once the sun goes down.
Fall arrives this month, bringing favorite annual Amish Country celebrations that feature local craftsmen, farm animals and more.
Berlin Harvest Festival: Set for Sept. 8, this annual event has been a local family favorite for years. The main event is the annual rib cook-off, but the parade down Main Street routinely features more than 100 participating units. “What makes it most unique, I think, is that it’s a function everyone can be a part of,” says Doug Burgess, the festival’s chairman. Main Street, Berlin 44610, berlinharvestfestival.com
Dutch Valley Fall Festival: Held Sept. 14 and 15 at the Dutch Valley campus in Sugarcreek, this annual autumn celebration features a dozen local vendors selling produce, furniture and more. “The vendors are all selling things they’ve made,” adds festival coordinator Lynn Snyder. Kids can enjoy train rides and a petting zoo featuring animals from The Farm at Walnut Creek. 1357 Old Route 39, Sugarcreek 44681, dhgroup.com
Fall Festival at Lehman’s: This general store featuring nonelectric items celebrates fall on Sept. 22. A big draw this year is Lisa Steele, the author of five books about raising chickens and the host of Maine’s “Fresh Eggs Daily with Lisa Steele.” “We stand for a simpler life,” says Glenda Lehman Ervin, daughter of company founder Jay Lehman. “We want to provide wholesome, multigenerational family fun.” 4779 Kidron Rd., Dalton 44618 (GPS directions), lehmans.com/events
Once evening arrives, many businesses close. Not these three venues, which offer musicals, comedy shows and more.
Ohio Star Theater: Dutchman Hospitality’s 514-seat Ohio Star Theater hosts concerts, comedians and musicals. Check out “Stolen, the Musical,” a tale of how the kidnapping of the infant son of a prominent Amish family shakes a community (Sept. 11–Nov. 10), or get tickets to “Christmas in Paradise,” an inspirational holiday show (Nov. 17–Dec. 29). 1387 Old State Route 39 NE, Sugarcreek 44681, 855/344-7547, dhgroup.com/theater
Amish Country Theater: Staged in a 600-seat, barn-themed auditorium, Amish Country Theater is known for its family-friendly comedy shows, and this year brings two new ones. “Bet the Farm” (Thursdays and Saturdays) and “Swine & Dandy” (Tuesdays and Fridays) showcase some of the theater’s favorite characters. 4365 St. Rte. 39, Millersburg 44654 (GPS directions), 888/988-7469, amishcountrytheater.com
Hartville Kitchen Dinner Shows: Located in Stark County, near Hartville Marketplace & Flea Market, Hartville Kitchen serves up home-style foods alongside musical performances by national gospel, bluegrass and country acts. Upcoming performances include Triumphant Quartet (Sept. 6), The Martins (Sept. 20), Southern Raised (Oct. 11) and Jim Brady Trio (Nov. 15). 1015 Edison St. NW, Hartville 44632, 330/877-9353, hartvillekitchen.com
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