Although small in numbers, the Amish and Mennonite communities both have strong ties to Oklahoma, interwoven like a patchwork quilt in the state’s history. Come along on a journey through these communities and discover fun events, delicious food, unique shops and great restaurants along the way.Learn More
Black Buggy Day
Celebrate the Amish culture of the area surrounding Chouteau with a visit to this year's Black Buggy Day. This annual Chouteau event honors Amish heritage with food, arts and crafts, bluegrass music and children's games. Known for their cooking skills, the Amish will be on-hand serving authentic Amish food and homemade goodies including hot chicken and noodles, freshly baked breads and pies, cinnamon rolls, smoked ribs and kettle corn. In addition, enjoy standard fair food such as funnel cakes, corn dogs, turkey legs, hamburgers and barbecue sandwiches from a variety of on-site food vendors. Ice-cold watermelon, ice cream and lemonade will also be available.
Make your way to Black Buggy Day for various arts and craft booths, plus a variety of antiques for sale. Visitors will be able to shop for homemade items, jewelry, wooden items, quilts and more. Enjoy live bluegrass or Western swing music performed by local musicians throughout the day, or bring the kids for old-fashioned games such as sack races, three-legged races and stick horse races. Kids love the wide variety of children's activities and games at Black Buggy Day, so bring them along and watch as they enjoy mini buggy rides, pony rides, barrel train rides, face painting and a petting zoo.
Don't miss the highlight of Black Buggy Day, the "Horsin' Around" event, where Amish men display their horsemanship by sorting cattle, running barrels and participating in a myriad of fun activities in front of crowds of festival-goers. Grab a seat by the corrals set up in Chouteau's City Park and watch as participants attempt to hold an egg in a spoon and hang laundry with clothespins while riding on horseback. Also, stick around to see which Amish woman will be awarded the title of this year's "skillet throw champion."
An event the whole family can enjoy, Chouteau's Black Buggy Day is the perfect destination for old-fashioned fun. Enjoy an Amish carriage ride, an antique tractor display or place your bets and try to win this year's round of cow patty bingo.