MILLERSBURG, OH (AP/WCMH) — Authorities in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country say they arrested more than 70 people in a raid at a weekend party in a field that was expected to attract hundreds of Amish youth.
More than 40 officers converged Saturday on the Hardy Township field after concerned parents notified the Holmes County sheriff’s office of a large party expected to attract over 1,000 Amish from Ohio and neighboring states.
Investigators say 73 people, including 35 juveniles, were taken into custody and charged with underage consumption of alcohol. Several were also charged with resisting arrest.
“Some of those kids I know they took out of here never had a drop, they weren’t drinkers,” property owner Clarence White told WKYC-TV.
He’s hosted the traditional rumpsringa parties for the past 12 years, renting out his rural property to party organizers.
“The parents drop them off here. The parents pull in and drop their kids off! Because I know they’re going to be safe,” White says.
The Daily Record of Wooster reports that two were taken to a hospital for alcohol related-illness.
The Amish are a Christian sect whose members live a simple lifestyle and shun modern conveniences.