The 44th annual Madison County Covered Bridge Festival is just around the corner. I hope all of you have marked your calendars for this much-loved and regionally-famous event.
This year’s Covered Bridge Festival will be Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 and 13. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a festival grounds admission fee of $2 (children 11 and younger being free). Parking is free with shuttle service to outlying lots and to various Festival venues.
The theme for the festival this year is “The Bridges are Calling,” and our beautiful, historic courthouse square will be jam-packed with food vendors, arts and craft vendors, demonstrators, entertainment and more. Festival coins this year will feature the Roseman Bridge and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office for $6.
There is still time to sign up for the parade, which will be Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. There is no fee to enter. Entry forms can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce (73 Jefferson St.) or found online at www.madisoncounty.com.
If you’ve never attended the Meet Me at the Bridge event on Saturday evening during the Covered Bridge Festival, be sure to attend this year. From 6 – 10 p.m. at the Winterset City Park, you’ll find live music, wine tasting, a live and silent auction and fun under the stars. The featured band this year is Exit 113, a rock ’n roll band from Des Moines. The group features rock music from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, but also plays blues, swing and contemporary tunes. A hot meal from Smokehaus Stockade will be served, as well as wine tasting and wine sales by the bottle from Covered Bridges Winery. Although this is a free event to attend, you may pre-purchase meal tickets for $15 and a commemorative wine glass for $5 at the Chamber of Commerce. Featured on the auction block will be tickets to “The Bridges of Madison County” live stage show on Broadway, as well as beautiful, hand-crafted items from Madison County’s talented artisans. Grab your friends, family, or out-of-town guests and make plans to Meet Me at the Bridge.
Much-loved favorites of the festival — the Central Iowa Auto Club car show, tractor ride, quilt show and spelling bee, are on the schedule.
To all of the committee members and community volunteers who work together to make this annual event come together, we give you a hearty salute and a big thank you.