A fall time favorite for the Wabash Valley is preparing for a busy couple of weeks. This year marks the 60th Covered Bridge Festival in the historic town of Bridgeton.
The sights, sounds and tastes of the beloved Covered Bridge Festival in Bridgeton brings back loyal vendors and customers each autumn.
“You got to love people, and I guess I do,” Richard Godwin said.
Godwin’s been making his way to Indiana from Michigan for nearly 20 years. Here, he meets his brother from North Carolina who otherwise, he wouldn’t get the chance to see.
“He’s about 78 years old and his health ain’t good, but he always manages to come to this flea market,” Godwin said.
Godwin sells knives alongside his brother who he says sells a little bit of everything. Godwin is just one of the many looking forward to the 60th anniversary of the festival.
“Obviously, we’re partial to Bridgeton, it’s a historical town for one thing, like I said, they do have a working mill, one of the largest and longest in the county,” Brian Wyndham said.
Wyndham is another loyal vendor to Bridgeton, he’s returning for his 20th year this fall. On any typical week, Wyndham’s the Mayor of Brazil, but for this, he puts politics aside and concentrates on fall fun. Wyndham owns property that he rents to different festival vendors.
“For me it’s a working vacation,” Wyndham said.
But Bridgeton isn’t solely dedicated to a 10 day festival, some are here throughout the year.
“The Covered Bridge is payday,” Mike Roe said.
Roe is the owner of the Bridgeton Mill. There he makes flour, cornmeal and different mixes from the summer to the first week of December.
Roe takes pride in working the old mill considering there are so few that still operate.
He’s paying off the $50,000 to restore the dam and says he’s grateful for the tremendous amount of business he receives during the festival.
Last year an estimated 2 million people traveled to Bridgeton for the Covered Bridge Festival. There will also be festivals in Rockville and Mansfield starting this Friday, October 14th until the 23rd.