Police Bust Amish Rager, Sending Dozens To Jail

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Seventy-three Amish partiers face charges after police busted an outdoor celebration in Millersburg, Ohio, over Labor Day Weekend.

Many of those in attendance were reportedly celebrating Rumspringa, the Amish rite of passage to adulthood, which takes place during the teenage years before baptism.

Undercover cops noticed underage drinking, which took place on a privately owned field. Cardboard signs posted by the property owner warned attendees against underage drinking, but didn’t seem to have an effect. The owner also had a security team, but he didn’t use it to check IDs because no one asked him to, he said.

The partiers paid a $25 cover fee to join the festivities, which were expected to attract 1,000 people. An exact number hasn’t been verified.

Police say 35 of those arrested were juveniles. Officers dealt several charges for resisting arrest, and two people were hospitalized.

Amish parents worried about the likeliness of drug and alcohol use, and reportedly called police, asking them to keep an eye on the gathering. More than 40 officers were dispatched by various agencies in the surrounding area.

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