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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Lancaster Roadside Attractions

We found these roadside novelties during our post-holiday visit to family in Lancaster, PA. It seems that every state has its share of roadside attractions, just like Maine, which had Paul Bunyan, the Freeport Indian, Eartha and Lenny the chocolate moose.

This fellow and porky friends were seen outside a home-cooking place. Look at the size of that cone – Grenville said we’re going back next time. Wonder why this guy is hanging around with pigs since Lancaster, PA is definitely cow country.
amishstatueAnd here’s another big fellow seen a bit further along the same road. This figure was so much larger than the wagon so he won’t be catching a ride in that anytime soon.
amish giantBoth these figures are barefoot, very odd, as all the Amish people we saw all  were wearing shoes.

12 comments:

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

I don´t think we have anything like that over here :-) :-)

Have a great day now!
Christer.

Anvilcloud said...

I wonder why the Amish shave their mustaches off?

grammie g said...

HI Beatrice..like your reference to the Mainer's ways..lol
Fun photo's of the statues and I especially like the size of the soft serve ice cream cone !!
Is hamburger soup Amish home cooking???? lol
There is a statue and a fountain in the park in Houlton Me....the neck of the woods I came from...of a Boy holding a leaking boot..been there since I was a kid and had to be restored a few years back ...I think I may go in for a restoring!! Hahaha!!

Out on the prairie said...

More younger ladies and kids in nicer weather without the shoes.

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

Anvilcloud!
Mustaches are never mentioned in the bible, so that´s why they shave it of.

Christer.

Ginnie said...

I've done quite a bit of traveling in Pa. and I do remember these statues, or ones similar. I wonder if the "true Amish" appreciate them ... somehow I doubt it, since they are usually very quiet and keep mainly to themselves.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Christer, it's probably a good thing NOT to have statues like these :-)

AC, never thought of that, but Christer replied that it's not in the Bible!

Grammie G, didn't even noticve that the sign advertising "home cooking" listed hamburger soup and I want a cone that size myself! And maybe on our next Maine road trip we will get to more of your roadside attractions cause it seems there's a lot.

Steve, we like to go barefoot in warm weather too, but mostly indoors or at the beach.

Ginnie, I agree with you that these statues don't seem ones to be especially "proud" of but then only the first one was selling food; the second was at a roadside stand and maybe the cart is filled with things in warmer months.

Elaine said...

One thing I've noticed when traveling in Amish country is that they are very good business people and very good at devising ways to draw the tourist dollars their way. I would think that these are good examples of some of the Amish ingenuity, although perhaps the older generation might not approve.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

All the Amish we see when we visit friends in IN go without shoes all summer and into the fall. The men usually wear them but we have seen most children without and the women out in the gardens without. Perhaps this Amish guy is related to Paul Bunyan from far northern MN. The first photo of the man with pigs made me think he might be Old Mac Donald, who had a farm and on this farm he had some pigs....just sayin' :)

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Elaine, you are so right on that comment. They may live simply, but many do know how to attract customers. For example, lots of places advertise buggy rides in tourist season.

Thanks Pat and others for clearning that up for me. Since the big guy in the first photo was holding ice cream, let's assume it was summer - all the time for him. And, maybe he did have a farmn with pigs AND cows too.

Kathleen From Eggs In My Pocket said...

How interesting. I have always wanted to visit this area. I am always intrigued by the Amish way of life. blessings,Kathleen

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hi Kathleen - Happy New Year. The Amish way of life is simplier in many ways and that's a good thing in this hectic and modern world.

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