Indiana News

Big Crowds Expected as Covered Bridge Fest Ends

ROCKVILLE, Ind. (AP): Organizers are expecting a forecast of dry weather to draw big crowds to the final weekend of this fall's Parke County Covered Bridge Festival in western Indiana.
 
This is the 58th year of the countywide festival that started Oct. 10, drawing tens of thousands of visitors on busy days to the county's 31 wooden covered bridges.
 
Kelsey Canfield of festival organizer Parke County Inc. says this week's rainy days have held down crowds, but a busy weekend is anticipated.
 
Vendors selling food and craft items line roads in towns such as Rockville, Mansfield, Mecca, Rosedale and Bridgeton.
 
Donna Collins of Rockville tells the Tribune-Star she's been playing tunes on her accordion for festival-goers the past five years. She says she likes sharing the “lost art'' of her instrument.

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