Madison County Covered Bridge Festival

  • Overview

    The first Madison County Covered Bridge Festival was held in 1970, started by a group of active and passionate citizens. While some things may have changed since its inception, much remains the same for this outdoor fall festival around the Winterset Courthouse Square. The festival honors the county's six remaining bridges with regular tours throughout the weekend.

    There are arts and craft booths with hand-made goods made by local artists: pottery, quilts, doll clothes, paintings, drawings, photographs, jewelry, woodcrafts, fiber arts, and more. An array of demonstrators and old-time activities entice visitors, including an antique tractor ride, a Civil War fashion show, sheep-shearing, wool spinning, a corn box for the kids to play in, marble shooting, the Passport to the Past activities at the Madison County Historical Complex (penny candy sales, horse and wagon rides, old-fashioned school lessons, a Civil War reenactment, etc.), as well as the annual Antique Vehicle and Covered Bridge Festival Parade (on Sunday).

    Festival-goers will also delight in live music, delicious food and beverages, the annual Central Iowa Auto Club car show (Sunday), and a quilt show with many heritage quilts displayed.