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Parke County Covered Bridge Festival

Thursday, Oct 17, 2019

Parke County Covered Bridge Festival
401 East Ohio Street
Rockville, IN 47872

For all things fall, visit Indiana’s largest festival, The Covered Bridge Festival. This 10 day festival always starts on the 2nd Friday in October.

The Parke County Covered Bridge Festival – showcases the county’s 31 historic covered bridges and features authentic arts and crafts, fantastic food, and beautiful fall foliage. Each community has a speciality, plan your trip below.


Community organizations and vendors offer crafts, food, and unique items. Experience unique wood carving demonstrations, antique stores, Art Gallery, colorful restaurants and the Historic Ritz Theater.

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Bridgeton has an array of handmade crafts, vendors and a food court. Its scenic historic district includes the Bridgeton Mill and Covered Bridge, Collom’s General Store, the 1878 House, Case Log Cabin, and Bridgeton School.

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Mansfield is bustling daily with hundreds of vendors offering an array of goods and festival food. Mansfield Village is home to the Historic Mansfield Roller Mill – an 1880’s flour mill with authentic machinery, 1867 Mansfield Covered Bridge, and Mansfield Civic Center.

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Montezuma features crullers, roast hog and beans, guided tractor pulled wagon tours of the Wabash and Erie Canal, and vendors. Stroll across the Wabash River on the restored historic B&O Railroad Bridge.

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Bloomingdale offers chicken and noodle dinners, ham and beans, barbecue and vegetables at the Friends Meeting house (Quaker Church). Some of the best apple butter is made and sold here.

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Pumpkins, mums, primitives and family yard sales with a little bit of everything.

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A large tent of handmade items, the 1872 Mecca Covered Bridge, a One-Room Schoolhouse, and Parke County’s oldest operating tavern -- the Mecca Tavern.

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The Civic Center is the activity hub with a wide variety of items, including local crafts and a quilt sale.

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Tangier serves “world famous” buried beef and is home to the Sandlady’s Gourd Farm. Three covered bridges nearby.

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Covered Bridge Festival Guided Bus Tour

Tickets - $20 a seat

North Bus Tour

Covered Bridge Festival - Rockville Courthouse Lawn (124 W Ohio St, Rockville, IN 47872)

North Route: Includes the towns of Tangier (known for their famous buried beef) and Bloomingdale (known for their homemade apple butter) as well as 5 covered bridges: West Union (longest), Marshall, Rush Creek, Jackson (painted white and the longest single span), and Catlin (2nd shortest). Buses depart and return at the northwest corner of the courthouse square along US 36.

Thur. Oct. 17 - North Bus Tour - 10:30 am

South Bus Tour

Covered Bridge Festival - Rockville Courthouse Lawn (124 W Ohio St, Rockville, IN 47872)

Southwest Route: Includes the towns of Montezuma (known for their weekend hog roast), Mecca (known for their one-room schoolhouse), and Rosedale (known for their shopping at their civic center) as well as 6 covered bridges: Melcher, Sim Smith (haunted), Phillips (shortest), Mecca, Roseville, and Thorpe Ford. Buses depart and return at the northwest corner of the courthouse square along US 36.

Thur. Oct. 17 - South Bus Tour - 2:00 pm

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