There's something delightfully Americana about a covered bridge, particularly in autumn when framed with colorful foliage. This fall, why not celebrate America's historic covered bridges with a visit to one of these family-friendly covered bridge festivals?
Roann Covered Bridge Festival
When: September 8-11, 2016
Fourth time's the charm: This is the fourth bridge built in this spot, with the most recent reconstruction taking place in 1992. The original bridge dated back to somewhere around 1841.
Festival amusements: Tractor pulls, mud volleyball, live music, arts and crafts, and amusement rides
Cumberland Covered Bridge Festival
When: September 9-11, 2016
Almost washed up: In 1913, a flood washed the bridge somewhere between a quarter-mile and half-mile away (depending on the account you hear). It was brought back upstream on rollers dragged by horses.
Festival amusements: Flea market, fair food, kids inflatables, stage entertainment and an antique tractor parade
Washington & Greene Counties, Penn.
Washington & Greene Counties Covered Bridge Festival
When: September 17-18, 2016
A tale of two counties: "Covering" 10 different bridges (sorry – we couldn't resist the pun), this festival is staged at 10 sites throughout this area southwest of Pittsburgh.
Festival amusements: Historic re-enactments, craft demonstrations, a petting zoo, wagon rides, antique tractor show and plenty of vendors selling homestyle food
North Lewisburg, Ohio
Union County Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival
When: September 23-25, 2016
The bridge that moved: The festival is centered around Pottersburg Bridge – one of five 19th-century covered bridges in Union County, Ohio. The bridge was relocated in 2006 and a new bridge was constructed in its original location, the North Lewisburg Bridge.
Festival amusements: Breakfast and dinner on the bridge, live bluegrass music, food trucks, a kids zone, bridge tours, baseball and wagon rides
Columbia-Montour Covered Bridge Festival
When: October 6-9, 2016
It takes two: The East and West Paden Bridges, also known as the Twin Bridges, are one of only two remaining twin covered bridges in the United States. And they're arguably the stars of this annual festival.
Festival amusements: Food and craft vendors, live music and dancing, a classic car show and a covered bridge bus tour to some of the area's many iconic bridges, including the Twin Covered Bridges
Madison County, Iowa
Madison County Covered Bridge Festival
When: October 8-9, 2016
These bridges are kind of a big deal: Madison County might only have six remaining bridges, but they rank among the most famous in the U.S. thanks to the novel The Bridges of Madison County (and the Clint Eastwood film of the same name). Roseman Covered Bridge is the one you don't want to miss because it's the most prominently featured in that novel and that movie, plus it's still in its original location.
Festival amusements: Live entertainment on two stages, old-fashioned demonstrations, craft vendors, yummy food and annual car and quilt shows
Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival
When: October 8-9, 2016
Bridges for days: There are a total of 18 covered bridges in Ashtabula County, including the Liberty Street Bridge, which is the shortest covered bridge open to traffic in the United States.
Festival amusements: Family-friendly entertainment, including a quilt show, kids' rides, a parade, craft fair, live demonstrations, a car show and plenty of food
Parke County, Ind.
Parke County Covered Bridge Festival
When: October 14-23, 2016
The grand finale of festivals: Rumored to have more covered bridges (31 in total!) than any other county in the U.S., Parke County happens to be the Covered Bridge Capital of the World, and they celebrate this heritage with the state's largest festival attracting 2.5 million people. The festival is headquartered on the lawn of the courthouse in Rockville, but festivities can be found throughout Parke County in places like Bridgeton and Mansfield.
Festival amusements: Arts and crafts, flea market, amazing food vendors, live entertainment and tons of family activities