“Without it, we would have been gone.” Covered Bridge Festival keeping piece of history alive


BRIDGETON, Ind. (WTHI) – Are you already daydreaming about weekend plans? If so, do yours include a trip to the Covered Bridge Festival?

Friday kicks off the two-week-long event, but preparations have been underway for quite some time.

Visitors flock to take in a piece of history. “I’ll be up there grinding and mixing about 10-hours a day for 10-days straight,” said Mike Roe, Owner and Operator of the Bridgeton Mill.

The shelves are fully stocked with homemade flour and baked goods, but try as he might, it’s never enough.

“Three days in we will run out. You can never get ahead but that’s a nice problem to have,” said Roe.

The mill opens every year in April. Even on a good day, the amount of business simply doesn’t compare. “The festival is just wall to wall, shoulder to shoulder people. It’s amazing,” said Roe.

Out of town vendors are also prepping. Take Pam Marcum for example. For twenty-six years she’s traveled from Newcastle, Indiana. “It’s a pretty amazing event. It’s one of my best festivals all year,” she said.

Visitors pour in from all over, spending both their time and money. Making all the prep work well worth the payoff. “Rain or shine, snow or whatever, they come and it’s just a big event,” said Marcum.

Without it, the sights and sounds of this small town would not be the same. A modern day festival is keeping good old fashioned family fun alive. “We would have been gone and the dam would have been gone too,” said Roe.

The Covered Bridge Festival starts Friday, October 14th and runs through Sunday, October 23rd.