Between the multiple vendors, the folks shopping and the car traffic, Bridgeton is a very busy place this time of year.
Large crowds can cause problems for both those on the streets and those in theirs.
“Bridgeton is the one festival town where they do allow vehicle traffic during that. So it, you have a little extra danger going on with all the people walking through there,” said Parke County Sheriff Justin Cole.
And while the traffic is a pain, child and family separation is another issue at the festival, “That’s one of our biggest calls in Mansfield and Bridgeton is lost children. So just make a note of what your child is wearing that day and keep an eye on them.”
Covered Bridge go-er Alex Hoffman makes an effort to come every year, and this year she brought her new puppy Ollie.
It may be easy for Hoffman to navigate the crowd alone, but now with Ollie, she has to take new precautions.
“Just making sure that he’s on a secure leash and has a nice harness. And I have his diaper bag full of supplies so he’s good to go,” said Hoffman.
Should a medical or any other incident arise at the festival, Sheriff Cole says first responders can be there within a few minutes, “We have a command center in each of the festival towns. So we have EMS, fire, police stationed in the big festival towns”.