By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: September 2010
The 9th annual Black Buggy Day is a fun day for the whole family.
On Saturday, September 18, head to Chouteau City Park for Black Buggy Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The good old-fashioned one-day event, sponsored by the Chouteau Chamber of Commerce, features arts and crafts booths, children’s games, food vendors, Amish carriage rides, pony rides, cow patty bingo and much, much more!
Black Buggy Day began in 2002 as a festival to promote the town of Chouteau, Oklahoma. What makes Chouteau different from other communities in the area is its large Amish population. The town motto says it all – “Where cultures come together.” Chouteau consists of two different cultures coming together with one purpose – to make a better community for local families to live and grow. Black Buggy Day is an event in which people come together to celebrate the ways they are different, but more importantly, the ways they are the same.
One of the biggest draws of the annual event is the delicious food. The Amish are known for their wonderful cooking abilities, and vendors will be offering a variety of homemade goodies. Come and enjoy hot chicken and noodles, fresh baked breads and pies, cinnamon rolls, smoked ribs, kettle corn, and homemade ice cream. Also on hand will be the standard “fair” food that everyone loves to indulge in, including funnel cakes, corn dogs, turkey legs, burgers, cheese on a stick, and barbecue sandwiches.
“The real highlight of the event is the Horsing Around, when Amish men have a Showdeo and display their horsemanship abilities by sorting cattle and running barrels,” explains Jeanne Neugin of the Chouteau Chamber of Commerce and event coordinator. “They also compete in fun games, like carrying an egg in a spoon while holding the spoon in their mouth – all while riding a horse! It’s fun to be in the crowd, seeing their skills and cheering them on.”
Women will compete for the coveted title of “Skillet Throw Champion” at Chouteau’s Black Buggy Day.
Cow patty bingo is a new addition to Black Buggy Day. “A grid with 32 squares is drawn on a plot of land, and you can purchase a square that you think the cow will release his lunch on,” laughs Jeanne. “You win a cash prize if he does it on your number. Last year was the first time we did this, and it was so much fun!”
Black Buggy day is the perfect event for the whole family to enjoy. Children love to participate in the old-fashioned games, including sack races, three-legged races and stick horse races, and the women compete for the coveted title of “Skillet Throw Champion.” The petting zoo and Amish carriage rides are other popular attractions at Black Buggy Day.
Over thirty arts and crafts booths will be set up, with jewelry, wooden handmade items, baby quilts, and a large variety of other items.
Live music and entertainment will be going on throughout the day, in addition to an antique tractor display.
Don’t miss this day filled with fun, games, food and camaraderie with the Amish community of Chouteau. Mark your calendar for September 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Chouteau is about 40 miles east of Tulsa on Highway 412. For more information, call Jeannie Neugin at (918) 476-8222.
Children will have plenty of fun and games to enjoy, including an egg toss.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.