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Covered Bridge Festival returns to Parke County

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Featured

Published on September 17, 2019 with No Comments

Known as the covered bridge capital of the world, Parke County celebrates its annual Covered Bridge Festival Oct. 11-20, starting on the second Friday in October..

This countywide festival, Indiana’s largest festival, always starts on the second Friday in October and is nationally known as one of the largest festivals. Patrons can enjoy visiting communities throughout the county with a wide array of shopping and a variety of food to please everyone.

Headquartered on the courthouse lawn in Rockville, Ind., since 1957, visitors will find food served by many of the non-profit organizations of the county that use funds from the festival to promote their organizations throughout the year. A large tent and streets around the courthouse filled with crafters and vendors for shopping delight are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Free entertainment is scheduled on the south side of the courthouse throughout each day.

Antique stores and shops around the brick lined streets of Rockville invite people to stop by for a visit. The Covered Bridge Art Gallery on the north side of the square is open daily for your viewing of local artists display.

During the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, guided bus tours are offered from the Rockville Courthouse Square from the Northwest corner (36 and Market Street). These bus tours depart at various times throughout the first nine days of the festival, last for about 3 – 3.5 hours, and are $20 a person.

The Historic Ritz Theater is home to the Parke Players. It is located one-half block west of the square and provides entertainment for the entire family during the festival. Doors are open and tickets are available one hour prior to curtain time.

Bridgeton offers a wide array of crafters and vendors, a gristmill, the 1878 House, Case Log Cabin, and 1925 school house.

The Historic Mansfield Roller Mill, Mansfield Bridge, Mansfield Civic Center and hundreds of vendors and crafters are open daily in Mansfield Village.

Montezuma is home to the “Hog Roast,” with many activities scheduled daily.

Mecca has a large tent of handmade items for purchasing. The tent is located at the Mecca Bridge alongside the One Room Schoolhouse.

The Florida Civic Center in Rosedale provides items for browsing and purchasing.

Tangier Community serves that “world famous” buried beef that is a delicacy of the festival.

Bloomingdale, a Quaker community, prepares homemade apple butter at the Friends Church.

The Old Railroad Depot at 401 East Ohio is home to Parke County’s information center. For Parke County information, contact Parke County Incorporated at P.O. Box 165, Rockville, IN 47872 or email info@coveredbridges.com for a map of the county with marked covered bridge routes, lodging listings, and schedule of events.

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