50 responses to Oklahoma Amish
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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Oklahoma Amish (May 25th, 2011 at 07:06)

    Greetings!!

    I am not surprised there are only two communities of Amish in Oklahoma, that sure is some hard red clay/dirt and very hard to farm. It also does not surprise me they allow tractors and tillers. They would be very hard pressed to be able to farm without them. Even with them the farming can be hard.

    Thanks for the article Erik. I love your state guides they provide a wealth of information.

    blessings, Alice

    Oklahoma Amish

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    Comment on Oklahoma Amish (May 25th, 2011 at 07:34)

    Thanks Alice! Glad if anyone finds them helpful :) I do enjoy learning more about these communities as I put them together.

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      Kenya Ford-Thomas
      Comment on Oklahoma Amish (August 20th, 2011 at 11:04)

      Erik, Thanks for the article. I was raised up in southern Oklahoma, and I’m very interested in the Amish settlement in Clarita. My family often go to the auction they have in September. I have often wondered why they use tractors and not horses. Would love to hear more on this settlement. Again Thank you, Kenya

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      Laurie Dwyer
      Comment on Miller's Farm (October 15th, 2012 at 10:40)

      Miller's Farm

      Dear Erik,

      Thanks for all the information you have posted. I wanted to take some friends down to the Miller’s for lunch. How do I contact them for a reservation?

      Thanks, Laurie

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        Yoder
        Comment on Oklahoma Amish (October 15th, 2012 at 13:21)

        Laurie, hope you don’t mind if I am not Erik. The phone number for the Miller Farm in Chouteau, Oklahoma, is 918-476-6817. They are Amish and serve meals in their home to large groups.

        Their son, formerly Amish and now Mennonite, also does the same. Fannie’s Country Cookin’ is at 918-476-7891.

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          Comment on Oklahoma Amish (October 22nd, 2012 at 04:35)

          We are hoping to make a trip to the Miller farm soon from Oklahoma City. We also have a small guesthouse in our home. We are a Christian home (English though) and house international students and travelers very cheaply and would love to host traveling Amish. We are the Peter Burtons and may be reached at 405-200-1930.

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        Yoder
        Comment on Oklahoma Amish (October 15th, 2012 at 13:50)

        Laurie, there are also four other homes that serve an Amish dinner in Oklahoma.
        http://chouteauokla.wordpress.com/where-to-eat/

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    OldKat
    Comment on Oklahoma Amish (May 26th, 2011 at 15:36)

    That famous red dirt can get pretty hard when it dries out, that is a fact. It is not all red though. Several years ago I read an article about some Amish that were giving up on Oklahoma; in fact it may have been one of the articles that were listed as references at the end of Erik’s thread, and the man being interviewed said that when they came to the particular location Oklahoma they we were initially attracted by the black soil. He said they always looked for black soil in the more eastern states because they new it to be rich and fertile. What they didn’t realize was the black soil in Oklahoma was black because it had higher clay content and that clay had a black tint to it, whereas the black soils where they came from were loamy soils or a mix of sand, silt and clay with a high percentage of organic matter, which resulted in the black color. Both were “blackland” soils, but had completely different characteristics when worked.

    I don’t recall which community he was from, but I suspect it was the one at Clarita. He said the heavy soil just proved too much for the motive power they had available; their horses. This is the exact reason that many of the blackland soils along the coast were never farmed until tractors were invented. Farmers literally wore their horses out trying to turn soil that was too dense and heavy to be worked with the light equipment that horses could pull. I never thought about the aspect of the turned soil drying out too quickly, but probably should have. We once leased a farm that had black, heavy soil. The local people always referred to it as “thirty minute” soil. One time I asked a neighbor why they called it such a strange name. He said if you came at 11:30 AM to plow it would be too wet; if you came back at noon it would be too dry. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but not too much of one!

    Oklahoma Amish

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    Comment on Oklahoma Amish (May 26th, 2011 at 16:24)

    Oldkat–you got it. I do believe this was in the piece from Oklahoma Today, which I read a few days ago. Nice article by the way.

    Thanks to the article–and now your comment–I know a bit more about soil than I did before! Pretty interesting, actually. I grew up in the red-clay NC Piedmont.

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    jonathan presley
    Comment on want to know (June 12th, 2011 at 17:00)

    want to know

    i want to know how i would go about getting a amish pen pal?

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    Comment on Oklahoma Amish (June 13th, 2011 at 13:03)

    Hi Jonathan, this might be of interest:

    http://amishamerica.com/how-can-i-find-an-amish-pen-pal/

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    Cathy Eastep
    Comment on buggy repair (January 21st, 2012 at 14:03)

    buggy repair

    I would like to know how to get ahold of the Amish at Clarita about repairing a Drs. buggy I bought it needs the top recovered and the seat reupholstered can you tell me how to get ahold of them or will i have to just drive over there its 85 miles from me here at Elmore City and the only thing I would know to do is going during the week and find their school and talk to someone there unless you can give some other kind of contact. i have to e-mail addresses one is kaky_wynn@yahoo.com and the other is kakywynn@gmail.com THANKS CATHY EASTEP

    buggy repair

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    Brayden O’Donnell
    Comment on Phone # (January 26th, 2012 at 17:15)

    Phone #

    Is there a phone number for one of the Clarita Amish cabnet makers. I am building a house and would like to contact someone about making kitchen cabnets. Thank you.

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      Mrs. Leon Williams
      Comment on Horse Buggy (March 22nd, 2012 at 16:29)

      Horse Buggy

      My husband had a buggy made there in Clarita, Ok. a few years ago. It is wonderfully made and many people wish to buy it, since my husband’s passing to the Lord ( he fought a mighty battle with renal failure) I need information. His son wishes to have this and I am left to dispose of equally many of his favorite items. He has two children, so I must keep track of the value of what they wish to have. If you can help me in any way to establish the going price of this item I would be very grateful. Leon attended the auction each year and we all enjoy the weekend there. Sincerely, Delores

      Horse Buggy

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    Melissa H
    Comment on Can't wait to visit OK Amish (March 23rd, 2012 at 09:41)

    Can't wait to visit OK Amish

    Thanks for this reminder of the Amish here in Oklahoma! I moved out here (Oklahoma City) almost a year ago from the Washington DC area and would visit the Dutch market in Laurel, MD often. As well as make yearly trips to Bird-in-Hand, PA. When I found out we were moving here, I was sad to see my trips to Amish country go. Thanks to all your research Erik, I now know where to go here in OK!

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    Melanie
    Comment on Hmm.. (May 8th, 2012 at 11:21)

    Hmm..

    Not entirely sure there are only 2 Amish communities here in Oklahoma. I know of one in Custer county and one in Elk City…

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      Comment on New Amish communities in Oklahoma (May 8th, 2012 at 17:33)

      New Amish communities in Oklahoma

      Interesting Melanie. Are they horse and buggy? Not Mennonite? Started in the last year or two? Sometimes they take time to show up on the radar, or if it’s just an isolated family or two they might not really be considered a “settlement”.

      According to the latest Raber’s Almanac there is another small community in NE Oklahoma near the town of Welch (Craig County). I don’t know much about that one but am guessing was settled recently (or possibly existed before but never reported to Raber’s as it is not listed in the 2011 edition).

      New Amish communities in Oklahoma

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      Carrie
      Comment on Amish in Western Oklahoma (January 11th, 2013 at 02:08)

      Amish in Western Oklahoma

      Melanie, if you’re speaking of the community in Custer county (Corn), I believe it is Mennonite, not Amish. Beyond that one, I’m not aware of another one out there. Corn is also the hometown of John Denver if I remember correctly. Not exactly relevant, but interesting. By the way, the Corn Cafe has amazing food prepared by the wonderful ladies of the church.

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      Karen Griffee
      Comment on Horse-drawn signs. (February 17th, 2013 at 12:30)

      Horse-drawn signs.

      I have seen signs warning of horse-drawn vehicles near Durant, Oklahoma. Could there be Amish there?

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        Deonna
        Comment on Horse-drawn signs. (May 5th, 2013 at 16:31)

        Horse-drawn signs.

        Karen,

        Durant is south of Clarita, OK. Take highway 48 out of durant and stay on it till you get to Clarita.

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          Karen Griffee
          Comment on Amish near Durant (May 5th, 2013 at 22:42)

          Amish near Durant

          I don’t believe I asked the location of Durant. I was born there and know it well. My question was about whether there are Amish nearby.

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      Comment on what i think. (October 28th, 2013 at 10:49)

      what i think.

      i think it would be interesting to explore the amish way of life.
      i am intrigued by there ways of going about things.I know a couple amish young men and women =,but to live in their sheo’s for a moment i think would be a unique experience.

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    Anne Marie D
    Comment on land (May 9th, 2012 at 07:42)

    land

    would you know who I could contact to find out about land for sale or lease in Amish OK? We are looking for a new homestead and feel that our lifestyle would be compatible with the Amish

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    Cody Meade
    Comment on Amish are in Welch,OK (September 25th, 2012 at 21:12)

    Amish are in Welch,OK

    I met a gentleman and his wife an kids at Tom Mix Day In Dewey,OK. He was selling baked goods. I asked if he was Amish and he said yes ! And I asked where he was from he said “Welch,OK he said their was about 10 families in their community. Feel free to email me
    Meade29@rocketmail.com

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    Johnny Coleman
    Comment on Amish and Mennonite farming techniques (December 6th, 2012 at 21:14)

    Amish and Mennonite farming techniques

    Hello all,

    I am an avid gardener. I have read some about Amish and Mennonite farming techniques and have decided I would like to learn more.

    Is there an opportunity in Oklahoma to learn first hand. I would like to ask questions and I would like to buy some heirloom seed.

    Thanks,

    Johnny
    405-519-3996

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    Comment on Donkey plowing harness needed (December 27th, 2012 at 12:41)

    Donkey plowing harness needed

    Hello, I want to grow as green as I can, therefor I am in the need of donkey harness for pulling a garden plow. I plan to grow an acre of organically produced vegetables to sale to help make my rural farm help pay the costs of our mortgage and feed bill.

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    Carrie
    Comment on Oklahoma Amish (January 11th, 2013 at 02:11)

    My apologies, his grandparents lived near Corn.

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    Tlyn
    Comment on Oklahoma Amish (March 27th, 2013 at 19:23)

    Thank you for the article. I grew up in Chouteau, Ok; the vivid picture you painted made me a bit homesick . The Amish homes and shops are well worth the visit.

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    Comment on To Erik - Request for Information (April 18th, 2013 at 11:51)

    To Erik - Request for Information

    Erik,
    My name is Shayna Benedict and I am a consultant for TrueStar Health. TrueStar is a World-Leading Health and Wellness Company with the most comprehensive online healthy lifestyle resources. A professional study with Nutrisearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements was performed and TrueStar was given a 5/5 Gold-Star Medal and ranked our products #1 out of 1,500 other companies that participated in the study. TrueStar proudly offers the highest rated supplements and multivitamins represented by top health care practitioners.
    TrueStar’s products have been introduced to the Amish Communities in Texas, Missouri and recently Iowa and the ones taking the products are now feeling better than ever! Oklahoma Amish Communities have not yet been introduced to our products and I would like to be the one to do so.
    I am needing to get in contact with these communities, so if you have any known resources would you please let me know?
    Thanks,
    Shayna Benedict

    To Erik - Request for Information

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      Laramie
      Comment on Shayna (June 13th, 2013 at 01:49)

      Shayna

      I am from Muskogee not far from Chouteau where a large Amish community is and know several Amish families. Sorry to burst your bubble but, they are not going to care about Medications and supplements. I’ll ask around, but they normally do not buy these types of products.

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    Connie Thompson
    Comment on Home Repairs (June 8th, 2013 at 04:45)

    Home Repairs

    Our home was damaged in the tornadoes May 20 and 31. I would like to hire some men of the Amish/Mennonite communities. If you can get permission from the Elders please respond. Thank you and may God give you abundant blessings

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    Linda
    Comment on Oklahoma Amish (September 11th, 2013 at 22:14)

    The Annual Amish School Consignment Auction in Clarita, Oklahoma, is this Saturday, the second Saturday of September. Quilts are a highlight. More information and photos are at
    http://www.claritaoklahoma.com/auction.html

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    Jodie Coffman
    Comment on Oklahoma Amish (November 8th, 2013 at 00:15)

    I am looking for local Oklahoma Amish made harnesses for horses. Any idea where to find a craftsman?
    If anyone knows of any please contact me at coffmanscougar@gmail.com

    Thank you very much.
    Jodie

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      DeAnn
      Comment on Clarita Businesses (mostly Amish) (November 11th, 2013 at 14:04)

      Clarita Businesses (mostly Amish)

      Check this link out for local businesses, including tack work. I’ve had the Millers (Amish) do concrete work and they did an excellent job. I would think most of the businesses are owned/operated by Amish residents. If you ask, they will let you know for sure. Good luck.

      http://www.claritaoklahoma.com/business.html

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    DeAnn
    Comment on Meat Processing (November 11th, 2013 at 13:55)

    Meat Processing

    I live just south of Clarita, OK and am looking for an Amish Meat processor for my cattle. I heard a rumor recently from a local resident that the Amish in Clarita have built a stainless steel processing facility, also open to the public (for a fee of course) but have not been able to get any more details about it. If anyone has information about this, will you please contact me at my email or (469)964-8096. Thank you.

    Meat Processing

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    Tom Geist
    Comment on Westville & Welch Oklahoma Amish (April 14th, 2014 at 01:07)

    Westville & Welch Oklahoma Amish

    I was fortunate to have a few days off work this last week so traveled to Oklahoma to meet my sister in Tulsa, and see a few Amish communities along the way.

    Westville is made up of Amish that don’t own their own places. Many, if not all, have contracts with the company Tyson. They are hired in to raise chickens for a period of time. During this time they live in English houses, which makes it really hard to find them if you are a tourist like I was. I could barely see the buggy the one person I visited had. According to this person, a woman that writes for The Budget, and Amish newspaper, there are some 5 families that stick with the more traditional Amish ways of living and another 8 that don’t.

    Welch now has 7 Amish families. They had 8 but one recently moved to Princeton, Mo. I sat and chatted with the Bishop and later with the guy that writes for The Budget for the area. Nice people I hope to get back to visit with again someday.

    Tom Geist
    LincNebr@hotmail.com

    Westville & Welch Oklahoma Amish

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    Doug
    Comment on Oklahoma Amish (August 5th, 2014 at 10:08)

    Hi-Are you sure about the founding date for the Chouteau group? You list 1910 yet a settlement and the Amish Cemetery appear on 1898 GLO maps.

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      Comment on Origins of Chouteau OK Amish (August 5th, 2014 at 10:33)

      Origins of Chouteau OK Amish

      I’m not a historian, but 1910 is given in a number of reputable sources including GAMEO. Sometimes one or two families may live in an area before it officially becomes a settlement, but that doesn’t sound like the case here since 1898 is 12 years earlier.

      There have been failed settlements in Oklahoma; sometimes an Amish community exists in a general area, dissolves, to be replaced by another later. I kind of doubt that is the case here too, but if you have the book Amish in America: Settlements that Failed 1840-1960 (by David Luthy) you could check.

      Not sure how much info the map you refer to gives, but is it an Old Order Amish cemetery or that of a different group using Amish in its name? That’s another possibility, the latter 1800s was a time of transition with a number of related groups forming which were more progressive but still used “Amish” in their names while the Old Order emerged.

      Origins of Chouteau OK Amish

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    fellow pilgrim
    Comment on Chouteau Amish (August 5th, 2014 at 14:50)

    Chouteau Amish

    My dad was born in Chouteau ,Oklahoma,and my grandpa was an Amish Bishop there for 25 plus years, and while there are a lot of nice people there, is another side that the public seldom finds out..
    It is sad, but true.

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      Tom Geist
      Comment on Oklahoma Amish (August 5th, 2014 at 15:17)

      Hi Fellow Pilgrim…

      What is the other side that you are talking about.

      Tom Geist
      LincNebr@hotmail.com

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    fellow pilgrim
    Comment on Oklahoma Amish (August 7th, 2014 at 15:31)

    I still have uncles, aunts , and cousins there..
    The last time I saw some of my cousins, some of them were dead drunk, as was right after a huge beer party.
    And as often happens at beer parties, often later there are some unwed mothers,if you get what I mean
    My one uncle admitted that he made hundreds of dollars in the afternoon of church Sunday in gambling with cards.
    Do not get me wrong ,as it is not only happening in the Chouteau,Oklahoma churches, but lots of other places too,

    Oklahoma Amish

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      Tom Geist
      Comment on Oklahoma Amish (August 8th, 2014 at 19:20)

      Thanks for the follow-up fellow pilgrim. It is hard for us outsiders to know what goes on for sure in these places, but your first hand account is something to think about.

      Some will say it’s all a big lie, though I too have seen some of these things happen as well. For what I have seen most Amish do not do these things nor would say they are the right things to do.

      Tom in Lincoln

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    Forest In NC
    Comment on Chouteau Amish (August 13th, 2014 at 19:25)

    Chouteau Amish

    My family stopped in at Chouteau last week while traveling back to NC from Tulsa. We had a chance to visit at The Cheese House and the Dutch Pantry, where we had the buffet for supper.

    The thing that struck me is the use of tractors for both farming and for transportation. I don’t know what they do to them, but they will really get up and go! I thought it was an ATV it was moving so fast, when we saw it from a distance. One of the ladies in the Pantry said they had been using tractors for farming for many years, because of the hard land and the humidity being hard on horses.

    Sadly, we didn’t get to see a whole lot of the community, as we were on a bit of a schedule, but it’s nice country, and the folks we met were friendly. Worth a visit if you are passing along Oklahoma rt. 412 between Tulsa and Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

    Chouteau Amish

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    Grace
    Comment on Do I need to get permission (September 11th, 2014 at 20:25)

    Do I need to get permission

    I would love to visit the Amish community and meet them. Would I need to get permission to this? I don’t want to be disrespectful and just show up.

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      Tom Geist
      Comment on Oklahoma Amish (September 11th, 2014 at 21:33)

      Hi Grace,
      Meeting the Amish is not like going to meet the Pope, or most any other high ranking group of people. The Amish don’t have a central building that you will meet them at. They have their Sunday church meetings (Gmay) every other Sunday but these are not open to people just dropping in. Plus since they alternate this service at different peoples homes it would be tough to find, even IF they allowed “English” people to attend.
      I personally go around and meet the Amish people that write for the Amish newspapers and also go to some of the stores run by the Amish. Most of these stores are located on the property of the Amish family, not in any downtown location. There are few exceptions to this but don’t be fooled by most places that list “Amish” this or that on their storefront. They might sell Amish goods but most are not Amish themselves.

      Are you thinking about visiting people near you? If so, where are you at? Some people here might be able to recommend places to go.
      Good luck…. Tom
      LincNebr@hotmail.com

      Oklahoma Amish

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        Grace
        Comment on Oklahoma Amish (September 11th, 2014 at 21:37)

        I’m in Oklahoma City

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          Tom Geist
          Comment on Oklahoma Amish (September 11th, 2014 at 21:50)

          As I see it Grace you have a couple of options.

          Chouteau Oklahoma is about 270 miles from you, over by Tulsa. They have about 100 Amish families that live in that area, 4 church districts I think.

          Then you also have Clarita and Coalgate Oklahoma that would only be about 127 miles South East from you, but they only have one church district… probably about 28 families.

          Chouteau would be a nice place to visit but be aware that they mainly use the horse and buggies on Sundays and holy days. I am not sure about the Clarita area.

          Tom

          Oklahoma Amish

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      Linda
      Comment on Annual Clarita Amish School Auction (September 12th, 2014 at 07:59)

      Annual Clarita Amish School Auction

      Grace, if it fits in your schedule, you would be welcome to attend the Annual Clarita Amish School Consignment Auction, Clarita, Oklahoma. It is tomorrow, Sept. 13, at the Miller farm, at the intersection of State Highways 48 and 31, to raise funds for the local Amish School.

      http://www.travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.18510
      (view all 24 photos)

      You would also be welcome to visit any stores when they are open.
      http://amishamerica.com/amish-chouteau-oklahoma/

      Annual Clarita Amish School Auction

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        Tom Geist
        Comment on Oklahoma Amish (September 12th, 2014 at 11:40)

        This is a BIG event, as told to me by Amish in Chouteau. I think they told me there is something like 20,000 people that attend. I only wish i was closer to go to it.

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        Bill
        Comment on Clarita SChool Auction (September 19th, 2014 at 11:51)

        Clarita SChool Auction

        My wife and I just attended last weeekend the auction for Clarita Schools. O my, whta a treasure we have found. WE will definitely be back next year with more money saved to purchase some items that are hand made. The breakfast probably had the best sausage I’ve ever eaten. Home made ice cream was WOW !!!!!!! Great way to spend a day for these Texans.

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