I went to my first barn wedding last weekend. It was a beautiful wedding and reception, but I came away believing Millennials are a bit confused about what exactly is a barn.

Growing up on a farm, I picture a barn filled with horses in stalls, cows in their stanchions and pigs in pens. There’s a haymow, silo, milk house and manure pit out back. 

Every farm also has at least one dog that sleeps inside the barn at night, along with a half-dozen or so barn cats. Of course, there are mice for the cats to chase, horse flies to annoy the animals and a few bats fly in and out to keep the insect population down.

A rooster and a handful of free-range chickens wander in and out of the barn at their leisure. Oh, and I can’t forget the barn swallows building nests in the rafters of the haymow. And, best of all, the odor of fresh manure. Whether, cow, horse or pig, your nose will know where you are!

THAT, my faithful readers, is a barn. 

The lovely wedding and reception I attended was in a beautiful building with exposed beams, shiny wood floors, lines of mason jars, chalkboard signs, distressed vintage decor and wooden water barrels.

And get this — no one was wearing flannel shirts, rubber boots or coveralls!

I would bet good money that no one in the wedding party knew the definition of a corn crib, a pitch fork, disc or combine. 

Even so, the bride and groom were happy as pigs in mud. 

I don’t want to beat a dead horse or talk the hind leg off a donkey, so I will “mooove” on — it was one of the prettiest weddings ever and the food — pulled pork from a pig barbecued on site — was delicious! 

The atmosphere was more relaxed and casual than the usual black-tie event and I enjoyed it.

For a generation unaccustomed to farm life, it’s good to see Millennials embracing agriculture even if it’s in faux barns.

Staff writer Shelley Terry wishes Nelson and Shayla Terry a future of love and happiness in America’s farm country — beautiful Ashtabula County.

Staff writer Shelley Terry wishes Nelson and Shayla Terry a future of love and happiness in America’s farm country — beautiful Ashtabula County.

Shelley Terry is a reporter for the Star Beacon. Follow her on Twitter @sterry_sb.

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