Amishville bustling with activity once again

Authored by Jim Langham on Jul 5, 2013

Betty Strawn, one of the co-owners of Amishville, USA, was overwhelmed on Thursday as campers swarmed the campgrounds store and additional campers kept rolling into the packed out resort.
Strawn said that 250 campsites and 100 seasonal sites were full to capacity. She estimated that in that type of traffic, there were probably at least 1,000 people present at the site, bringing back memories of earlier success at the popular campgrounds.
It was a little over two years ago when Celina business personnel Dennis and Betty Strawn and Jason and Emily Hines purchased the once-popular campgrounds. At the time of purchase, the campgrounds had hit on hard times, but in two seasons, the new owners have completely turned around the success of Amishville.
This weekend’s activities include a Corn Hole Tournament, the ever-popular fireworks, hayrides, various snacks, free kettle corn, a Saturday parade, games for kids beside the Amishville Grille, a DJ and 50/50 drawing and a Sunday morning concert at 9:30 a.m.
“It’s amazing how the area has responded to this,” said Betty Strawn.
Strawn said that the restoration of Sunday morning gospel sings plus the serving of an active breakfast menu at the new Grille has been designed to bring people out on Sunday mornings.
The re-opened restaurant offers such meals as popular pizza of all kinds, “build a burger,” a large array of sides, various pizza options and sweets such as pie and ice cream sundaes.
The return of Gospel concerts for the rest of the season includes Jonathon Walden (July 14), Terri Werst (July 21), Leah Jones (July 28), Rockford Quartet (Aug. 4), Trinity (Aug. 11), Heaven’s Harmony (Aug. 18), Dane Bailey (Aug. 25), Kings Four (Sept. 1), Fry Family Band (Oct. 13) and Rick Shane (Oct. 20).
“We have created so many friendships,” said Strawn. “We have had such good support from the local business community. Even the Gospel groups are very excited about coming. Local people are coming out to hear the groups again.”
Strawn said that those managing the campgrounds are seeking to establish good relations with the local area by joining both the Berne and Geneva Chamber of Commerce groups.
“When people come in here, we ask them, ‘what do you enjoy doing’,” said Strawn. “We have monthly carry-ins.
“We want to do all that we can to put money back into local businesses and show people that we care,” added Strawn. “We believe in treating others the way that we want to be treated.”
Weekends are drawing crowds with special themes such as, “Decades and Amishville’s Annual Car Shows,” (July 12-14), “Christmas in July,” (July 19-21), “Wet and Wild Weekend” (Aug. 2-4), Grandparents Weekend (Sept. 6-8), Amishville’s Annual Full Harvest program (Sept. 13-15).

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