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Parke County Covered Bridge Festival Starts Today, Though Oct. 18

The Parke County Covered Bridge Festival,  starting today October 9 and going though October 18th,  is known through out the United States as one of the largest. Enjoy visiting 9 communities throughout the Parke County with a wide array of shopping and a variety of food that is sure to please everyone. This annual Indiana event is the 2005 winner of Travelocity “Big Secrets Local Finds” and was named in the 2009 Top 100 Events by the American Bus Association.

Headquartered on the courthouse lawn in Rockville, Indiana, since 1957, you will find food served by many of the Indianapolis non-profit organizations, which uses funds from the Festival to promote their organizations throughout the year. A large tent and streets around the courthouse filled with crafters, Hoosier artists and vendors for your shopping delight are open daily from 9 am to 6pm. Some have been here since the festival began. Free entertainment is scheduled on the south side of the courthouse throughout each day.

Take a bus tour through the Indiana countryside and marvel at the splendor that inspired Hoosier writers like Booth Tarkington, James Whitcomb Riley, and Theodore Drieser. These guided tours take you through a lovely scenic drive of Parke County. You will be welcomed in quaint Indiana cities and, of course, see the Covered Bridges, a famous Indiana attraction.

Tickets for the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival bus tours are $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for Indiana kids under the age of 12, and as always lap sitters are free. Choose from one of three routes: Red, Yellow or Brown. Each route has been uniquely crafted to give you a one of a kind experience. Taste the home made apple butter and Tangier in Bloomingdale. Swing by Montezuma on the Brown Route for the Hog Roast and Mecca, a tent full of homemade goodies. Each route takes you through five to six bridges.

Each Indiana town is full of antique stores and shops, lining brick built streets. Discover the treasures that the heartland holds for you. And do not miss the Covered Bridge Art Gallery on the northside of Rockville’s square, with some of the most unique Indiana art. And check out the Historic Ritz Theater, home to the Parke Players, a fun addition to the Indianapolis theatre scene. All tickets for their shows are $6.00, and fun for the whole family.

While you are there visit the site of Indianapolis history. 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. Admission is $7.00. And its only $3.00 more for a trip on the tractor shuttle around the whole village.

You will need more than one day to visit all the cute Indiana cities that participate in the Annual Covered Bridge Festival. Bridgeton, Indiana offers a wide array of crafters and vendors, a gristmill, the 1878 House, and Case Log Cabin. The Historic Mansfield Roller Mill, Mansfield Bridge, and hundreds of vendors and crafters are open daily in Mansfield Village.

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. While Tangier Community serves that “world famous” buried beef that is a delicacy of the festival. And do not miss the Quaker sensibilities of Bloomingdale.

The Old Railroad Depot (ample bus parking and restroom facilities) at 401 East Ohio is home to Parke County’s tourist information center. For all of your Parke County information visit the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival official website. There you will find maps, schedules, lodging listings and much much more. We are here to help you plan your visit to the “Covered Bridge Capital of the World

For reserved tickets please call 765-569-5226 or email pci@ticz.com. This Indiana event is a cornerstone of Hoosier history. Get out of Indianapolis for a day or two. Enjoy the fresh air and have some fun!