~We had fun hitting the circus…. (Wait, no, realistically it was not fun. I wrote that out of habit) … the other week. More on that later.
The interesting part was that this circus was held in a literally ALL amish country town. Mount Hope.
The sale barn there sells local produce, puppies, antiques, and cattle on Wednesdays. If you drive thru Mt. hope on a Wednesday, you will think thoughts of regret, and sit on your hand so as not to lay your whole body across your horn.
You just don’t honk at buggies clogging the road in their native town.
So yes, cultures collided at this Kelly Bros. Circus.
A few things made us smile, sneak pictures, and look curiously.
Why do the amish shun worldy practices such as the county fair, the Swiss Festival yet FLOCK to the circus like migrating Canadian geese?
The “POPULAR” pony rides at the circus sat idle…. What amish person is going to pay for a pony ride when Bessie can take them on a ride at home for free?
Bessie may be more of a cow name now that I think of it.
Same for the camel and elephant rides. The women barker for the camel rides about tore her throat out trying to convince the mob of plain people (backed up in line to get into the show) to buy a camel ticket from her. Us included.
And. How can there be so many amish people here and yet, I (from amish background- my dad was amish until 8 years) do not see one person amish I know. In fact, the only amish I know, I realize, are girls I work with at the restaurant.
I was also fascinated with the beautiful, young, amish mothers. The only thing plain about them may have been their distinct dress- but even that was neat and attractive.
So much fascinating for this tourist from rowdy M-burg.
Oh, and the circus wasn’t really fun because:
We decided to eat supper after the show/bad idea!/mom forgot the family snack/girls whined to go HOME 20 minutes after we got there/circus started half hour late/they packed that place so tight mom thought she might get claustrophobic/mom is pregnant/it was so hot/everyone squished beside us was equally hot/mommy’s body was touching stranger’s bodies as she sat/mommy hates that/mom had to go sit in the car- she got so lightheaded/2 little girls cried for mommy and made daddy leave the circus halfway through/tickets were not cheap/mom and dad were not happy on the way home/it was super hot/there were only outhouses/elle came down with puking sickness that night/rest of the family went down like puking dominoes the week after/ mommy and daddy have vowed to boycott all circuses from now on.