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New attraction to tour “Amish Mafia” filming locations

It claims to be a never-before-seen look into the private lives of Lancaster County’s Amish community.

Chances are by now you’ve probably seen — or at least heard of — the new Discovery Channel show, “Amish Mafia.”

The show’s producers insist it’s authentic, but most people who live in and around Lancaster County will tell you a different story.

“Is there an Amish Mafia? We kind of felt there were two responses. One is just to say no there isn’t and dismiss it, but that doesn’t really answer people’s questions,” said Brad Igou, President of The Amish Experience in Bird-in-Hand.

Igou is opening a new attraction called “The Amish Mafia Tour” in April that will open filming locations from the show to the public.

“That would tap into the curiosity people have about the show and where it’s filmed, and kind of expose that much of what people are seeing is entirely created,” he said.

Igou said most Amish he’s spoken with about the show find the plotline involving the school shooting at West Nickel Mines School in 2006 by far the most disturbing.

“That tragedy really showed a forgiving side of the Amish, not a side of anger and revenge. Which is kind of what this show is depicting,” he said.

Local defense attorney Steven Breit who appeared on the show said although the scenes are recreated, there is some truth to the storylines.

“You can’t just stand around waiting for the action to occur. You have to replicate it. And the show is done to try and replicate what had occured in the past on a factual basis,” he said.

The Amish Mafia Tour will stop at several locations filmed during the show. It starts in April and runs through October.

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10 Comments to “New attraction to tour “Amish Mafia” filming locations”

    Manas Yoder said:
    January 31, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Maybe Levi should go ask Brad Igou why he pays Amish people less than minimum wage?
    I'd like to see that!

    SStoltz said:
    January 31, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    LOL, I was thinking the same thing :)

    dave gulden said:
    January 31, 2013 at 4:47 AM

    If you want to experience some nasty “Amish” visit Morningstar Marketplace in Thomasville

    Emmon said:
    January 31, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    What a hypocrite. Criticize then capitalize. This store owner has made a career out of taking advantage of the Amish to line his own pockets. How sad. i feel like I am watching a bad guy in a movie when I see his scrawny little body.

    princesslion said:
    January 31, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    I live in Sarasota now but my brother used to work at the Amish experience when I grew up in Paradise, PA. He'd come home getting paid cash and less than minumum wage. Most Amish don't know any better and will take the cash. Good N Plenty and the buggy rides take advantage of that.
    Now he wants to go on TV and bash a show that makes us look bad and then take a profit from it? Just because we're Amish doesn't make us dumb. I wish someone would stand up to this guy. Your news channel should do a story on Brad Igou. I know lots of Amish feel that way.

    edster said:
    February 7, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    this is a great series levi is a way cool dude and a friend of the family.The amish are cool and are our friends.

    JohntheBaptist said:
    February 11, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Amish Experience pays nothing to the Amish who work there. This guy rakes in the money and doesn't share it with the Amish who work for him. Shame on him trying to be pious. If there really is an Amish Mafia this sleezeball should be dealt with. There's a special place in hell for him.

    Seth Fein said:
    February 26, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    The Amish are very nice and kind people. The Italians and the Jews(Russian) could learn alot from levi

    Seth Fein said:
    February 26, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    I meant The Italians and the Jews(Russian) Mob The Italians and the Jews are great people when there not shaking you down or trying to kill you.

    B.J. Miller said:
    March 14, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    You are all entitled to your opinion but should get your facts right.Igou's business is at Plain & Fancy not Good N Plenty. He has nothing to do with the buggy rides; that is a separate owner on the property. No Amish are employed by Igou although stops are made at Amish places on some tour. An employee tells me Amish who do presentations are paid around $25-30 for a 30-45 minute presentation, which is a lot more than minimum wage. You are right about one thing…he is scrawny.

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