TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Covered Bridge Festival is underway, and a record-breaking amount of people have attended the festival thus far.
Jim Meece, President of the Parke County Board of Commissioners, said that the festival’s opening weekend was its best ever.
“The first three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday were records for everybody,” Meece said. “I think all the vendors have had record days.”
The Covered Bridge festival is one of the largest in Indiana. Meece said that the event normally brings out 1 million people, and it also generates nearly 15 million dollars in revenue.
“We’re probably in that 15 million dollar range,” Meece said.
However, very little of that money goes to the city or county governments. Meece said that most of stays with the vendors.
“The other money that’s made is really kept locally,” Meece explained. “It’s a money maker really for everyone in the county who chooses to participate.”
The Covered Bridge Festival will continue on throughout this week and will come to a close on October 17th.