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This November brings about a brand new event in Amish Country. While thousands already travel to the Heartland during the fall months, thousands more will be making the journey from all across the U.S. to witness or even participate in the first ever Amish Country Half Marathon and 5k race.
While I am not a runner myself, I set out on a drive to survey the potential racetrack. After traveling the trail I am still pretty confident that I will not be becoming a runner anytime soon. For those dedicated runners out there planning on participating, you have a challenge ahead of you and I have a great respect for your dedication.
In this months issue of the Amish Heartland you will read about how preparations are coming along for the marathon. For those of you planning on getting in your holiday shopping in the Heartland, consider checking out Amish Country Peddler, which carries every style of Crocs shoes for everyone in your family, and Homespun Treasures which specializes in primitive household wares and gifts.
If you're looking to purchase holiday furniture, stop by Jake's Handcrafted Oak in Holmesville. You will not be disappointed by the scenic drive along the way and the quality furniture the store has to offer.
The holiday Christmas Open House will be taking place the second weekend in Berlin and includes most of the shops that make up the large town. Get the most out of your weekend and plan to stay at Cricket Hill Cabins. The cabins will become your quiet home away from home as you spend your weekend touring the Heartland.
This month is proving to be a very busy one in the Heartland. If you are planning on traveling there this month, be sure to check out the calendar of events. Many stores will be hosting their holiday open houses, which means plenty of discounts coming your way. On November 10, Gospel Book Store will host Holmes County's largest book signing. Bring your favorite Amish books and meet some of your favorite authors.
With the holidays fast approaching, spend some time with your friends and family by taking them to Amish Country. Spend the day shopping or taking in the countryside and just be thankful that you have them in your lives.
I had the opportunity to drive through the countryside this fall and take plenty of pictures. I have included them throughout this issue and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!