I now share the second installment of my Top 10: Local Allure. This function is of particular interest to me because of its shear proximity to my home. Welcoming each spring and fall, less than a mile from my house, the Amish and Mennonite communities join together to host an auction. The Old Order Amish and Mennonite Benefit Consignment Auction is located at the junction of US 127 and HWY 501, seven miles south of Liberty, KY. According to the newspaper ad, “ All proceeds from (the) auction will go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Dr. Morton’s Clinic for Special Children, and similar small related bills.”
This spring was not only the first time I made an effort to photograph the event…it was the first time I EVER attended! I am once again amazed by my Local Allure challenge to enjoy my hometown and appreciate the simply amazing things it has to offer. People travel from states away to this affair, yet I live right next door. This auction is, in a word, unique. It has something for everyone, whether they are bidding on items, eating freshly made food, or just enjoying the atmosphere.
My parents joined me; it was also their first time to attend. They purchased a few items while I explored, photographing the various events. There was constant action in every direction. The scene provided something for every sense: the sound of auctioneers calling for bids, the smell of chicken on the barbeque, and adorable groups of Amish and Mennonite children playing in the green grass. If you haven’t made an effort to attend an Amish or Mennonite affair, I suggest you do. If you live in Casey County, you have no excuses. If you come for a visit, this community has a wide variety of stores and produce stands for you to enjoy!
Become a fan of the GROW Casey County Facebook Page and keep up to date on all upcoming summer events. Make sure you help GROW Casey County!
Check out the GROW Casey County Blog, a great site featuring several aspects of agriculture and the Amish and Mennonite Communities.
We actually ended up winning the bid on this red wagon!
A common mode of transportation for Amish and Mennonites.
On the left is a water pump from a well. Most Amish and Mennonites do not have running water or electricity in their homes. On the right, sits a buggy that would be attached to a horse. Typically, neither Amish or Mennonites use cars to get around.
To see fascinating facts about our county, including information about the Mennonite and Amish communities, visit:
DID YOU KNOW?
To see my other post from Top 10: Local Allure read:
A Captivating Countdown
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