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Amish Featured in Pulaski Transportation Festivals  
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Wednesday, 23 August 2006

Wednesday August 9, 2006

By Paul Dellinger

Roanoke Times

PULASKI -- Pulaski's recent transportation festival went all the way back to the horse and buggy, thanks to participants from an Amish community near White Gate in Giles County.

One of the hits of the three-day Transportation and Cultural Arts Days activities was the buggy rides offered by Daniel Lee and his Belgian draft horse Diamond, a muscular brown-and-white animal that seemingly everyone in Jackson Park wanted to pet during Saturday's activities.

Given the 12-year-old horse's impressive stature, most folks first asked Lee if it was all right to rub his nose. Lee would suggest only that they approach Diamond from the front, since he was wearing blinders that limited his side vision.

Only once did Lee hesitate, when a train came rumbling down tracks mere yards from the front of Diamond's nose. Better wait until the train got by, he suggested to Diamond's latest admirers.

Why, they asked? Was the horse afraid of trains? "I don't know. He's never seen a train," Lee said, taking hold of Diamond's bridle.

Indeed, Diamond did move his feet and lift his head a bit as the train cars rushed by, but he quickly settled down and went back to providing carriage rides for $5 a person.

Youngsters at Saturday's activities could also take $2 pony rides aboard Pecos, a Norwegian Fiord horse being led by Naomi Martin.

Her father, Jake Martin, had built the buggy being pulled by Diamond and had a demonstration wheel on which he was working. Now, he builds them for a living in the Giles Amish community.

"I had an interest in it ever since I was a wee boy," he said. He has been among the some 30 families in the Amish settlement for eight years, and said he gets all the work he can handle and more.

"I can't keep up," he said. Carriage riding, he said, "has really come back." It may come back even more, he joked, if gas prices keep rising.

The Amish largely reject so-called modern conveniences and make their wares for sale in old-fashioned ways.

Next to Martin in Jackson Park was woodworker William Kaufman, demonstrating his latest product, custom-made windows. It was new even to Martin.

"They build them over there, and I hadn't seen them until today," Martin said.

Amish visitors at yet another table offered specialty foods. Harness-maker Daniel Detweiler had samples of his work spread over part of the lawn.

The transportation festival theme included everything from bicycles and baby carriages to antique cars and fire trucks, but the horses drew most of the attention.

Lee said he had owned Diamond for a year and a half, during which time the animal had never been outside the Amish community. The Pulaski festival was his first outing with Lee.

Nancy Riggins, manager of the Pulaski office of Bank of America, came up with the idea of inviting folks from the Amish community. Lee said he does business at that bank. "They asked me if I would get some people interested," Lee said.

He did, and the group worked with Barbara Tate, Pulaski's community relations director, on the logistics including transportation for the horses from White Gate to Pulaski.

"These animals are our life, you know," Lee said.

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