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Covered Bridge Festival in full swing

Posted Wednesday, October 19, 2011, at 3:35 PM

The Covered Bridge Festival in Parke County is nationally known as one of the largest festivals in Indiana.

It has been in existence since 1957 and holds a wide variety of tasty foods, specialty merchandise, fashionable clothing, unique antiques and live entertainment. With low prices, consumers come from all over the nation to partake in some good deals.

Uggs retailer, Patrice Dyer states, "The reason we come is because millions of people come from all over the United States. It's a great way to get Christmas gifts even through a bad economy."

Dyer has been attending the festival for 10 years and has sold Uggs, antiques, and Crocs at discount prices.

New vendor to attend the Covered Bridge Festival this year is Renee Pedigo with Microfiber Magic. She came all the way from Louisiana to attend the festival. When asked what prompted her to come such a long distance for the festival she simply replied, "Because I heard it was good!"

For most people, attending the Covered Bridge Festival is an annual tradition but you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a good time. The Fall season is the perfect time for this event as the festival is surrounded by magnificent trees radiating in color as the leaves are turning. The rich Autumn colors of orange, brown, and gold can be enjoyed by everyone.

The festival is sure to put you in the holiday spirit as the air is filled with the wonderful smells of pumpkin, cider, spice, and more.

When asked what she liked most about the festival, attendee Ashley LaFever said, "I like the food!"

Indeed, food vendors entice your taste buds with local favorites such as steak tips and potatoes, cheese curds, barbecue, pizza, breaded sirloin, candy apples, apple turnovers, funnel cakes, pumpkin ice cream, and much, much more.

So if you're looking to fill your appetite or simply looking for some good bargains, the Covered Bridge Festival is the place to be. But don't forget to bring your wheeled baskets or your red wagons. You'll need a place to carry out all of your new purchases. And if you don't have one, no worries, vendors are selling those too.

The Covered Bridge Festival is a 10-day event that always starts on the second Friday in October. Vendors are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The last day will be on Sunday.

For more information, please call 765-569-5226.

Christina lives in Linton and can be reached by email at chollensbe@mac.com.

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