The annual Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, Indiana's largest festival starts Fri., Oct. 10 and will continue through Sun., Oct. 19, 2014. Makes a great day trip and is about an hour and a half drive from Indianapolis. You can enjoy visiting communities throughout the county during this county wide festival. There is a wide array of shopping and a large variety of food that is sure to please everyone. Headquartered on the courthouse lawn in Rockville, Indiana, since 1957, you will find food served by many of the non-profit organizations of the county that use funds from the Festival to promote their organizations throughout the year. The streets around the courthouse are filled with crafters and vendors for your shopping delight.
Free entertainment is scheduled on the south side of the courthouse during the festival. Antique stores and shops line the brick streets of Rockville inviting you to stop by for a visit. The Covered Bridge Art Gallery on the north side of the square is open daily for your viewing of local artists display.
Billie Creek Village is a turn of the century village located 2 miles east of Rockville on US 36. The home of 30 historical buildings and 3 Covered Bridges is open daily with attractions and special events.
Bridgeton offers a wide array of crafters and vendors, a gristmill, the 1878 House, and Case Log Cabin. The Historic Mansfield Roller Mill, Mansfield Bridge, Mansfield Civic Center and hundreds of vendors and crafters are open daily in Mansfield Village.
Montezuma is home to the "Hog Roast" with many activities scheduled daily. Mecca has a large tent of handmade items for your purchasing. The tent is located at the Mecca Bridge alongside the One Room Schoolhouse. The Florida Civic Center in Rosedale provides items for your browsing and purchasing. This is a great location to find the treasure you might not find anywhere else. Tangier Community serves that "world famous" buried beef that is a delicacy of the festival.
Sugar Creek Flea Market is located nearby on US Hwy 41. Bloomingdale, a Quaker Community, prepares Homemade Apple Butter at the Friends Church. Many other roads throughout the county will take you to places that have crafters, vendors and activities during these 10 days.
The Old Railroad Depot (ample bus parking and restroom facilities) at 401 East Ohio is home to Parke County’s tourist information center. For more information you can call 765-569-5226 or visit their website at http://coveredbridges.com/.