Kick off the fall with EQT Washington and Greene Counties’ Covered Bridge Festival | News, Sports, Jobs

As fall approaches, a world of seasonal activities opens up. It is a time to enjoy the beautiful natural world, enjoy delicious food and decorate with unique crafts. All of these activities can be had with a visit to the EQT Washington and Greene Counties Covered Bridge Festival, which is held in a number of locations on Saturdays and Sundays.

The festival is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free parking and entry. The festival spans 10 locations in Washington and Greene counties. Each site has a historic, beautiful covered bridge, each of which has fascinating stories with several dating back to the 1800s. They traverse waterways such as Raccoon Creek and Mingo Creek.

The festivities can be enjoyed by the whole family. Each site hosts a variety of activities, vendors, and entertainment, so it’s a good idea to visit as many bridges as possible.

To go along with the historical structures themselves, a big part of the festival is the art of historical demonstrations. These can be both exciting and entertaining. For example, at the Brownlee Bridge site in Washington County, spectators can watch a live cannon demonstration. Other demonstrations at the festival include carpet making, grain thrashing, antique tools and quilting. Weaving demonstrations are also expected at the Carmichaels Bridge in Greene County.

For the history buffs, the Pine Bank Bridge in Washington County is located in Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, a 275-acre open-air museum, including a 19th-century living history village, a 16th-century Native American village, and an 18th-century trading post, among others treasures of history.

At the White Bridge in Greene County, festival-goers can see a Huron Indian and a Civil War reenactment. Near the Hughes Bridge in Washington County, the Amwell Township Historical Society sponsors tours of the Cook-Dodd Cabin, named for two settlers who helped locate the area.

For those looking for something not so old, several bridge sites will also host great activities for antique enthusiasts, especially those who make old vehicles their hobby. At the Hughes Bridge in Washington County, owners of antique vehicles are welcome to display them. There will also be a car cruise on the McClurg Bridge and a classic car show on the Brownlee Bridge, both in Washington County, on Saturday.

The festival also offers many shopping opportunities. Most locations will have a marketplace, most notably at the Ebenezer and Henry Covered Bridges in Washington County’s Mingo Creek County Park, where an array of vendors will be on hand to sell their wares.

Decorating for fall will be a breeze after checking out the crafts, wood decorations and homeware for sale at the Covered Bridge Festival. Visitors can even start their Christmas shopping early by checking out available vendors for jewelry, pottery, personal care items, and more.

The range of food options at the festival will satisfy any craving. Sites have different vendors and all options will be delicious. Visitors to the festival can enjoy BBQ, kielbasa and pierogi, pizza, ice cream, carnival foods such as funnel cakes and many other delicious treats.

Visitors can also enjoy entertainment while shopping and eating from both DJs and bands. Some locations, such as Krepps Bridge in Washington County, have specific areas for children’s activities, but the festival is for all ages.

“There is always a sense of renewal in the fall,” said Jeff Kotula, president of the Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency. “The fresh air, the changing leaves and the low, long sun revive the spirit. Enjoy the change this fall by visiting Mingo Creek County Park and our covered bridges.”

Information about the Covered Bridge Festival from EQT Washington and Greene Counties, including a full brochure with information about each of the individual locations and a map, can be found at CoveredBridgeFest.net.

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