Mansfield Covered Bridge Festival
October 14-23, 2018 | 8-6 daily
The Bridge: The Mansfield covered bridge was built in 1867 and spans 247 feet across Big Raccoon Creek. It was built by J.J. Daniels, and is one of the most visited covered bridges in Parke County.
The Event: The Mansfield Covered Bridge Festival is unlike any other celebration in the country. Hundreds of thousands gather in October, crossing the covered bridge from the more handcrafted and old-timey Mansfield Hill where barns and large tents house unique handcrafted wares to Jim’s Parking and Vending, a massive flea market with bargains you won’t believe. While vendors of all types grace both sides of the bridge, plan your trip accordingly for the best experience that matches what you are seeking. The extensive food court in the middle of town and beautiful covered bridge connect it all together.
Popular Attractions: Be sure to visit the 1920’s Mansfield Roller Mill which is still in operation. There’s also a Children’s area and craft pavilion in the Ole Barnyard and a General Store on the Hilltop.
Hidden Gems: Don’t want to have to hike in? There’s a free trolley that runs from Hilltop Farm parking lots across SR 59.
Food Options: There’s food all around, but don’t miss the chicken and noodles right by the bridge in the food court.