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The Parke County Covered Bridge Festival™ on October 11th-20th, 2019

Parke County Covered Bridge Festival

Dates: October 11th - October 20th;

Parke County Covered Bridge Festival
401 E Ohio St
Rockville, Indiana 47872

This countywide festival, Indiana's largest festival, always starts on the 2nd Friday in October is nationally known as one of the largest. Enjoy visiting communities throughout the county with a wide array of shopping and a 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. A large tent and streets around the courthouse filled with crafters 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. Continued Below......

  • Beeson


  • Billie Creek

    Billie Creek

  • Bowsher Ford

    Bowsher Ford

  • Mansfield


  • Mecca


  • Melcher


Antique stores and shops around the brick lined streets of Rockville invite you stop by for a visit. You never know where you might find that one of a kind item you have been looking for, or something no one else has. The Covered Bridge Art Gallery on the north side of the square is open daily for your viewing of local artists display.

Guided Bus Tours for the 2019 Parke County Covered Bridge Festival

During the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, guided bus tours are offered from the Rockville Courthouse Square from the Northwest corner (36 and Market St). The bus tours (comfortable seats, A/C, heat, etc.) depart at various times throughout the first 9 days of the festival, last for about 3 - 3.5 hours, and are $20 a person.

For the 2019 Covered Bridge Bus Tours, reservations will start August 1st, 2019 and you can go to www.coveredbridgebustours.com to make your reservations ahead of time! If you have questions regarding our bus tours, call 765-569-5226. *Note: We cannot start reserving tickets until August 1st, even if you call.

  • North Route: Includes the towns of Tangier (known for their famous buried beef) and Bloomingdale (known for their apple butter) as well as 5 covered bridges (West Union, Marshall, Rush Creek, Jackson, and Catlin).
  • Southwest Route: Includes the towns of Montezuma (known for their hog roast), Mecca (known for their one-room schoolhouse), and Rosedale (known for their shopping at their civic center) as well as 6 covered bridges (Melcher, Sim Smith, Phillips, Mecca, Roseville, and Thorpe Ford).

The Historic Ritz Theater is home to the Parke Players. It is located ½ block west of the square, they provide entertainment for the entire family during the festival. Doors are open and tickets are available 1 hour prior to curtain time.

Bridgeton offers a wide array of crafters and vendors, a gristmill, the 1878 House, Case Log Cabin, and 1925 school house.

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.

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 at 401 East Ohio is home to Parke County’s information center. For all of your Parke County information contact Parke County Incorporated at P.O. Box 165, Rockville, IN 47872 or email info@coveredbridges.com for a map of the county with marked covered bridge routes, lodging listings, and schedule of events so that you may plan your visit during the Festival or at another time throughout the year. We are here to help you plan your visit to the "Covered Bridge Capital of the World".


(Arts, Crafts, Homemades ONLY. No Food Vendor Space Available)

To Request Form Please Email: info@coveredbridges.com


Temporary Food Permit

2018 Parke County TML Application


Vendor Contact List