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Fall Festivals in Amish Country

Donna's Premier Lodging - Monday, August 24, 2015

Fall is just around the corner and Amish Country is filled with events and festivals that you won’t want to miss. Not only are there an abundance of things to do this fall in Ohio’s Amish Country, but Holmes County, Ohio was recently named one of the "Top 10 Places To See Autumn Leaves" in the WORLD by National Geographic!! View the full Top Ten List HERE.

If you find yourself asking which of the many fall festivals in Amish Country you should attend then you must read my blog below for three of my most favorite area fall festivals.  It was hard to pick just three; but here they are.....

  • Swiss Festival in Sugarcreek, Ohio – October 2 & 3

The nearby town of Sugarcreek (also known as the “Little Switzerland” of Ohio) hosts a yearly festival called the Swiss Festival. Often times referred to as the most popular festival in the state of Ohio, it boasts LOTS of actives including a Swiss Cheese eating contest, live music and entertainment, wine tasting, two parades, lots of delicious food stands, rides, games, a yodeling contests and more!

One of my favorite events of the Swiss Festival is the Steinstossen or stone throwing. In this traditional Swiss sport, male contestants hold a 138 pound stone over their head and hurl it as far as they can. As you can imagine it is greatly entertaining! Female contests also can enter and throw 75 pound stones….maybe someday I’ll enter.

  • Berlin Harvest Fest & Rib Cook-off in Berlin, Ohio - September 12

Berlin’s biggest event of the year is surely something you don’t want to miss. Numerous food stands will line the streets of downtown Berlin featuring mouth-watering ribs along with other delectable dishes such as corn on the cob, homemade ice cream, tasty fry pies, and good, old-fashioned, Amish-style noodles and mashed potatoes. Sample them all and vote for your favorite or mingle with the locals while humming along to the many live bands that will be featured through-out the day. Most area shops will feature sidewalk sales and specials. The day ends with a parade through downtown at 6:00 pm with nearly 100 floats, plus antique cars, and the Hiland High School marching band.

  • Charm Days in Charm, Ohio – October 9 & 10

Charm is a beautiful little town just a short drive south of Berlin. Boasting rolling hills and valleys, quaint Amish houses festooned with brightly-colored mums, and acres of picturesque fields and trees; it’s not hard to see why Charm is one of the must-see spots in Ohio’s Amish Country. What’s more, during the second weekend of October, this quiet corner of Holmes County bursts into life during Charm Days, a two-day festival that boasts some of the most unique events in Ohio.

Charm Days started about 30 years ago as a way for Charm area businesses to show their appreciation to their customers. It has now grown into a two day huge event featuring all sorts of activities: different contests including a volleyball tournament, a cornhole tournament, and a pie baking contest (yummy!), delicious chicken barbecue, special sales, live music, and a flea market. You can also enter to win $1,000!! Another event favorite is the popular Wooly Worm Derby, where participants coax a wooly worm up a string! To view the 2015 schedule click HERE.  Be sure to mark your calendars and visit Charm Days this October!

What Amish Country Festival is your favorite?



Mark Fragosa commented on 25-Aug-2015 01:50 PM

Great info! Many thanks Nicole

Eva commented on 25-Aug-2015 03:24 PM

I love the apple butter stirring festivals at yoder's amish home and the fall festival at the farm at walnut creek!

Sara commented on 27-Aug-2015 05:51 AM

Fall leaves in ohio are beautiful!

Anonymous commented on 27-Aug-2015 07:53 PM

Our favorite time of the year is fall so we got married in October 32 years ago. This will be our third time visiting Donna's for our anniversary and we can't wait! To us, the scenery and tranquility of spending a few days in one of Donna's beautiful cabins is Heaven!!! We will keep coming back again and again.

Don commented on 28-Aug-2015 05:49 PM

I'm definitely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

Jordon commented on 31-Aug-2015 11:52 AM

Hi, just wanted to say, I liked this blog post. Keep on posting!

Hiroko Dampf commented on 03-Sep-2015 12:41 PM

I love fall and festivals

Carolann Mcloud commented on 18-Sep-2015 06:58 PM

I love everything about fall in Amish Country

Hortense Hooks commented on 18-Sep-2015 10:10 PM

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Joelle Penwell commented on 22-Sep-2015 08:25 PM

A friend recommended your place. Our anniversary is September 26th and we will be celebrating 28 years of marriage. This will be our first weekend away from 8 children in many years. We are hoping there are a lot to do and see and after looking at the pictures it looks very nice. Just not sure which place fits just us two for the 2 day stay.

Diet Tanoue commented on 06-Oct-2015 01:39 AM

Just was at the Swiss Festival last weekend - lots of fun!!

Sharlene commented on 18-Oct-2015 04:47 PM

Donna's is just a wonderful place to celebrate an anniversary or any other special occasion. My husband and I stayed in one of the cabins. Soo relaxing and beautiful. Lots of gift shops . Heini's is a good place for cheese and meats. Also would recommend going to walnut creek for dinner at Der dutchmen.

Jerrold Vanblarcom commented on 09-Apr-2016 05:25 PM

If you've never been to Amish Country in the fall....I would put it on your to do list ASAP!

Ivy Yanosky commented on 21-Apr-2016 11:30 PM

I have never been to Berlin before, but me and my hubby have a trip planned for this October and I can't wait to visit.

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