The people of west-central Indiana know how special Parke County is and will always be. With woodland terrain equal to that found in Brown County, it is a foliage paradise each autumn.
But what really separates Parke County from other locales is its vast collection of covered bridges, those wooden spans from the past that have been lovingly preserved for the enjoyment of current and future generations.
Each year, Parke County celebrates its exquisite treasures with the Covered Bridge Festival, a 10-day event that draws, by conservative counts, hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the Midwest. While some may be troubled by what has become a massive, rolling flea market in some areas, there are gems of art and activity to be found if you’re patient enough to keep looking.
And there’s no denying that people still love to flock to the county’s quaint rural communities, places such Mansfield, Rockville, Bridgeton and others.
The Covered Bridge Festival opens today and runs through Oct. 20. Granted, Parke County might not be peaceful in coming days, but it will be fun — a special time for a special place.
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Is Voorhees Park a good location for the school corporation's new aquatic center?
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New Reader Poll
Do you or someone in your family plan to attend the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival in the coming week?
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