RVFEST 2010 is almost over. Today marks the last day for many of the RVers; consequently, our farewell dinner is planned for this evening. More about that later.
After breakfast, we opted to visit some shops in Shipshewana that we had not been to before. The shops were busy with both locals and tourists as Saturday is shopping day for the Amish and Mennonites. Horses and buggies were everywhere, and most shops have hitching rails, and some, including Walmart, have covered areas in which they can “park”.
Amish strongly dislike having their photos taken, particularly their faces, as they believe it violates the 10th Commandment. We tried to honor this and were careful to keep our distance when taking photos. There are many bakeries, general merchandise, and meat and cheese shops. One of our favorites was E&S Bulk Foods; they had everything imaginable in bulk, and the store was crowded. The photo above was taken outside in their parking lot. Interestingly enough and quite surprisingly, the most popular shoe worn by the Amish is Crocs, followed by Flip Flops. Most of the cooked food available in shops is heavy German or Swiss. On a humorous note, we passed by a fried pie and ice cream stand run by an Amish family. A young girl, probably about 10, was eating a fried pie—looked like strawberry and rhubarb—and it was all over her face. She was thoroughly enjoying it, and providing good advertising.
Our farewell dinner this evening included ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, and dinner rolls, and it was quite tasty.
Following dinner, we were “entertained” by the Country Cloggers, who were more like a tap dance group than a clogging group. They were just OK, and about 30 minutes was plenty, though they performed for an hour. After the cloggers, ice cream and cake were served, and looked good, but we didn’t partake.
KAY’S TAKE: I had made a fresh blackberry cobbler for desert and they saved it for the ice cream social. Our local berries in Mt. Home were coming in before we left, and we got 8 gallons of blueberries and two gallons of blackberries that we put up in our freezer. We stopped at a bakery on the way back that had lots of samples. One of the best was a bread loaf that had sausage, bacon, cheese & egg in it also. They said you sliced it and toasted it or cooked it like french toast. I think the Amish have been into organic for a long time; their products seem to have much less ‘processing’ than ours do. They also seem to make many more things from scratch.