Reader Jerry often attends Amish auctions around the Keystone State. Today he shares an account and photos of an event which took place last month, a medical benefit for an injured Amishman.

The community here is a Nebraska Amish group, a small affiliation traditionally considered among the most conservative (though there are more liberal factions within the larger group).
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There aren’t many Nebraska Amish settlements, but this is the largest, found in the Kishacoquillas Valley (aka Big Valley). I’ll let Jerry take it from here as he shows us around the farm and auction.


Today I went to an Amish Benefit Auction in Milroy, PA.  Milroy is about 25 miles south of State College and on the edge of Kish Valley (the Big Valley).

The auction was to help cover the medical costs of an Amish man who was hurt in a recent logging accident.  He’s still in the hospital.  This auction was held on a church member’s farm.  Farm auctions allow you “get down and dirty” and view daily life a bit closer.

Before the auction, the local bishop lead a prayer for the injured man and his family. It was an event attended mostly by Amish.  Probably 150 buggies and only 16 motor vehicles at one count. Here is the buggy parking lot.  Those are shocks of oats scattered in the field.

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And some more buggies at the next farm over.

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The farm is not your spotless calendar art that you expect to see in Lancaster County.  The barn is in better condition than the house.  The house has yet to have siding added. There was a large quilting frame set up in the first room. Here is the farm house and more buggies.

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It was a well-attended event, mostly by Amish.

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The food was excellent.  $2.50 for a breakfast sandwich,  $2.50 for excellent vegetable soup, $1.00 fruit cup, .75 for homemade ice cream.  A fish sandwich for $3.00.  A half chicken for 3.50.  Everything was super fresh, filling and value priced.

I did buy a pieced wall hanging for $5.00 and I have it on eBay right now.  I’m hoping to sell it for $30.00 and give the money to the committee for the sale. $5.00 was just too cheap.  Hand made but I think they used a machine.  EBay item number 301708423969 for a closer look.

The garden.

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A nice barn.  It looked better than the house.

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A board with nails sticking up in the barn yard.  This is the real world folks.

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Loose hay in the barn.

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Do you see what I see?   She was sitting on about 20 eggs.

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Horses in the lower part of the barn….

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…and in the pastures.

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A run-away hog being escorted back to the sale pen.

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A $400.00 buggy chassis.

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The white shed, right center, is a well insulated ice house.

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A buggy up close.  Metal wheels.  No rubber up here.  No bicycles either.

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Animals that were consigned for sale.

And the drive home was a pleasure as well knowing that I just had a super day.

Jerry ends with a nice story:
As I was getting my bidder number an older English man was before me. He presented the clerk with a check and ask how could he write it. The Amish clerk stamped his check with the proper “pay to” line for his check.

He was making a donation to the event before the auction started. I thought his giving of cash (check) said volumes about how the people in this area responds to a need that makes us all better people.

This man was giving a donation to help the cause. I don’t know if he knew the logging accident victim or not. This man was giving for the cause. My faith was renewed.

His deeds and the entire concept of the benefit auction was helping someone who deserved and needed help. That’s what Amish do and in this case that’s what we all do when we see a need and have the resources to help.