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Getting Ready For Covered Bridge Festival

Posted September 19, 2012 in Community Featured, Winterset

Our community’s 43rd Annual Covered Bridge Festival takes place soon.

This year’s festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14 with the theme being “The Stories of Madison County.” Residents are invited to submit short “memoirs” to be part of a display at the festival. Those life-long residents: What about our community keeps you calling it “home” after all of these years? If you’re a so-called “transplant.” what made you fall in love with our area and want to make it your home? Fond memories related to our beautiful covered bridges? A few short sentences will do. Submit those stories to exec.dir@madisoncounty.com or drop them off at the Chamber.

This weekend-long event would not be possible without the tremendous support of the city, county, area clubs and organizations, individual volunteers, business sponsorships, and the list goes on. Thank you to everyone for your input and involvement in this wonderful tribute to the past. Vendors, as well as all festival committee members and gate volunteers, will be asked to dress in “time appropriate” attire. The fresh-pressed apple cider demonstration booth is back again this year, along with more than 130 other vendor booths.

The Madison County Historical Complex will once again sponsor the “Storytelling Tent,” as well as many other activities for all ages up at on the “hill.” New this year: a Madison County Character Scarecrow Contest with the following character options: John Wayne, Jesse Hiatt, George Washington Carver or Francesca from “The Bridges of Madison County” book/movie (an “open” category will also be an option for ideas not listed.) All scarecrow entries will be displayed in a tent on the northeast side of the courthouse lawn, and the community will be able to vote on its favorites. Other activities in the tent will be a Delicious apple “longest peel” competition as well as a “leave your story” station. For more information, contact the Chamber.

The festival committee is still seeking volunteers for the following areas: set-up/tear-down, entry gates and the Madison County lemonade stand. If you would like to volunteer a few hours of your time to this event, contact the Chamber by calling 515-462-1185.

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