It’s time again for one of Indiana’s largest events, the one and only – Parke County Covered Bridge Festival. This 10day countywide event always starts on the second Friday in October and this year’s dates are Oct 11-20. The festival offers you activities and events countywide and the shining stars are Parke County’s 31 historic Covered Bridges.
Headquartered on the courthouse lawn in Rockville since 1957, you will find food, shopping, demonstrations, and entertainment. A large tent and streets around the courthouse filled with even more crafters and vendors than previous years for your shopping delight are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free entertainment is scheduled on the south side of the courthouse throughout each day. Bus Tours leave daily at scheduled times from the Courthouse Square giving visitors the opportunity to view covered bridges and make stops along the way.
The Parke Players Melodrama this year is presented nightly at the Ritz Theater in Rockville.
In Bloomingdale, members of the Friends Meeting House will be making apple butter. Bridgeton will offer many crafters and vendors along with the mill and the Bridgeton Bridge. Mansfield is another great place to shop along with the opportunity to visit the roller mill and the Mansfield Bridge. Visit the Mecca Bridge with a tent alongside full of handmade and homemade items. Montezuma has a complete schedule of daily events and Florida Township Civic Center in Rosedale offers a great variety of treasures. Tangier serves the world famous “Buried Beef” daily, a delicacy you won’t forget.
Free maps and information are available at the tourist information center located in the Train Depot at 401 E. Ohio in Rockville or call 765-569-5226. You can also visit www.coveredbridges.com for more information or visit us on Facebook-Parke County Indiana for daily updates and information. Plan your visit to Indiana’s largest festival in the “Covered Bridge Capital of the World.”