On Saturday we went to the tiny farming town
of Yoder Kansas where they were celebrating
This is a small rural town that has a large
in the surrounding country side.
You can always tell an Amish
homestead by the lack
of electrical lines
leading from the roadside
to the farm and there is
usually a buggy or two
You are pretty much guaranteed to
see a horse and buggy trotting
along the country roads
the closer you get to
Above is a typical sight when you drive
On this day we were greeted by this
He was the traffic controller
as people came from all over to watch the
parade and catch the buggy races
and other fun events that were on that day.
Now how many towns have you been to
where the roads are scared up from
horse and buggies???
We arrived about half way through the
parade....for a small town they have a
VERY large turnout as people enter
from all over the State and some even
come from other States.
Here are a few of the sights we enjoyed.
This lady was riding a huge mule!
I've always been very careful about taking
photo's of the Amish as I know many of
them don't appreciate you photographing
There are two groups of Amish
in this area...one group is more
conservative than the other.
I was surprised by all the Amish who
took part in the parade and other
activities where people
were snapping pictures all over the place.
They didn't seem to mind at all.
Once I saw that I felt it was ok to snap away.
This little Amish girl enjoyed riding on
grandpa's tractor in the parade.
See the tractor below?
It's MUCH larger than the photo shows.
Look at who is driving this monster!
And he was in the cab alone!
After the parade we headed over
to where the buggy races
were going to take place.
No these big guys weren't in the races!
The people were just starting to line
the road where the races were to take place.
Last year we stood over there in the sun
but this year it was 101 in the shade so we
decided to sit under the trees on the bleachers.
See the house in the background?
It's an Amish home
and if you enlarge the photo
you'll see a lot of the Amish gathering
to watch the races.
By the time things started you couldn't see
the road at all!
Taking time to relax between races.
We headed home before the races
were over but we went back later to
enjoy the music, kettle corn
and watch the fun.
This Amish couple was heading
heading home too.
I think we're very lucky to live so close
to these friendly people.
Part 2 coming soon!