News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 10, 2013

Parke County readies for Covered Bridge Festival


News Release

---- — The 57th Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, one of Indiana’s largest festivals, starts Friday and runs through Oct. 20. The event will include activities and events countywide and feature 31 historic covered bridges.

Centered on the courthouse lawn in Rockville since 1957, the festival will include food, shopping, demonstrations and entertainment.

A large tent and streets around the courthouse, to be filled with more crafters and vendors than previous years, will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Free entertainment will be offered on the south side of the courthouse throughout each day.

Bus tours will leave at scheduled times daily from the courthouse square, giving visitors the opportunity to view covered bridges and make stops along the way.

The Parke Players Melodrama will be presented nightly at the Ritz Theater in Rockville.

In Bloomingdale, members of the Friends Meeting House will make apple butter. Bridgeton will offer many crafters and vendors, along with the mill and the Bridgeton Bridge.

Mansfield will offer shopping along with the opportunity to visit the Roller Mill and the Mansfield Bridge.

Attendees can visit the Mecca Bridge, along with a nearby tent full of handmade and homemade items. Montezuma has a complete schedule of daily events, and Florida Township Civic Center in Rosedale will offer a variety of treasures. Tangier will serve its famous delicacy, buried beef, daily.

For free maps and information, visit the Tourist Information Center located in the Train Depot at 401 E. Ohio St. in Rockville, call 765-569-5226 or go to  www.coveredbridges.com.

Mansfield Mill tours

• The Historic Mansfield Roller Mill, at 6089 S. Mill Road, will be open for tours and special demonstrations of the original 1880s flour milling equipment during the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, from Friday to Oct. 20.

• Visit stateparks.IN.gov/3262.htm for information on the Mansfield Roller Mill, or CoveredBridges.com for festival information.

At The Art Gallery

• Covered Bridge attendees will have the opportunity to hear a well-known and accomplished guitar player at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 and 2 p.m. Oct. 19 on the second floor of the Art Gallery in Rockville. Jim Hurst was nominated again this year by the International Bluegrass Association for player of the year.

• He was born in Kentucky but now resides in Nashville, Tenn. Hurst performs solo shows and also teaches at guitar workshops and music camps in North America and Europe.

• Tickets are $20 and are limited. For more information, contact the Art Gallery at 765-569-9422.

At Montezuma

Friday

• Canal tours all day

• Roast hog and bean dinner

Saturday

• 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. - community-wide yard sale: Each person or group who wishes to have a yard sale on this day should contact Bridget Jones at 765-592-2591. The registration fee is $5 for one Saturday and $8 for both Saturdays to be placed on a map to be distributed throughout the area.

• Canal tours all day

• Roast hog and bean dinner

Sunday

• 2 to 4 p.m. - gospel sing with local talent, downtown in the tent: Bring a lawn chair. For more information call Wayne Baldwin at 765-592-3115.

• Canal tours all day

• Roast hog and bean dinner

Oct. 18

• Canal tours all day

• Roast hog and bean dinner

Oct. 19

• 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. - community-wide yard sale: Each person or group who wishes to have a yard sale on this day should contact Bridget Jones at 765-592-2591. The registration fee is $5 for one Saturday and $8 for both Saturdays to be placed on a map to be distributed throughout the area.

• 2 to 5 p.m. - car, truck and motorcycle show: Call Eric Summers at 765-562-2728 for information.

• Canal tours all day

• Roast hog and bean dinner

Oct. 20

• Canal tours all day

• Roast hog and bean dinner

All 10 days

• Guided Wabash and Erie Canal history tour of Montezuma, daily: The admission fee is $5. To help with the history tour contact Diana Bartlow at 245-2728.

• Camping, Reeder Park: Call Penny Cox at 765-245-2045.

• Annual Roast Hog sponsored by the Montezuma Boys Baseball Organization: For more information contact Annie Marshall at 765-245-2207.

• Girls Softball Organization annual downtown beans and cornbread dinner: Visitors will see the beans cooking in a huge cast iron kettle on an open fire.

• Hot crullers from the Montezuma Eastern Star 537, in the shack on Crawford Street

• The country store and all vendors will be open throughout the 10 days. Free parking is available. All events are subject to change. Visit the town of Montezuma website for registration forms and information at www.montezuma.in.gov, or call 765-592-0829.