Parke County cancels 2020 Covered Bridge Festival

The Bridgeton Covered Bridge in Bridgeton, Indiana, spans the Big Raccoon Creek. (Photo Provided/Parke County, Indiana)

ROCKVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — The 2020 Parke County Covered Bridge Festival is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.

The county commissioners decided Monday evening to cancel the festival set to start Oct. 9.

In a Facebook post, the county said, “We know many look forward to our 10 day fall festival, but we still encourage you to come enjoy Parke County’s beautiful fall foliage and covered bridges. Take a slow paced day or two to enjoy our state parks, unique restaurants, and visit our year-round small businesses for shopping, antiques and more.”

The event is billed as Indiana’s largest fall festival. The event includes food, craft and other vendors on the lawn of the courthouse, plus similar events — including the hog roast in Montezuma and the buried beef delicacy at Tangier — at or near some of the counties’ 31 covered bridges.