Every year at this time the local Amish school has a benefit auction. Today was auction day...and so we headed off into the country to join in the fun. You can find just about anything at this auction....from intricate handmade quilts, and wooden and iron crafts to puppies and horses and carriages. There are food stands offering homemade icecream and pie, fresh warm homemade donuts, barbequed chicken and other irresistable treats. Of special interest is the homemade icecream which is made on site by a hand-cranked ice cream freezer that is hooked to a mill run by Haflinger ponies (like my Moonbeam). Each pony takes its turn to walk around the mill, carrying small children on its back for pony rides while cranking the ice cream freezer. You can see the pony with his young rider hooked to the mill in this picture.
Everywhere you turn are groups of beautiful Amish children playing, while their parents busily prepare food and run the auction. This event is a yearly treat I would hate to miss!