By Kevin Williams
You know you are in Amish Country when you spot hand-lettered signs advertising baked goods or brown eggs or lawn mower blades sharpened accompanied by the words "No Sunday Sales." I rarely visit Amish country on Sunday because businesses aren't open and that is the day of rest where Amish families spend time together or in church. But a trickier custom is if Amish communities decide to close their businesses on another day of the week.
For instance, in Highland County, Ohio, many of the Amish businesses there are closed on Thursdays, which is a common wedding day among the Amish. Uve been to some Amish communities where Wednesday seems to be a popular closing day.
SIGH, I arrived at a favorite Amish bakery on Wednesday of this week only to discover that they were closed (they had a little sign saying :"open" but they were clsoed). Bummer.
So, best advice to you if you are planning a visit to Amish Country is, 1) Don't go on Sunday and 2) call the local visitors bureau ahead of time to see if they know of any other days besides Sundays that Amish businesses are closed. Thursday is the other day besides Sunday where an Amish business is most likely to be closed. But even the best laid plans can go awry, the vast majority of Amish businesses are home-based, family-owned enterprises and if there is a wedding or someone is sick or Aunt Mattie decides to visit, you may find your favorite Amish business is closed...no matter what day of the week. Always keep that in mind and be willing to roll with the punches when visiting Amish country.
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