My best friend and I went to the headquarters of the festival in Rockville on Friday, Oct. 13 — the first day of the festivities. I was amazed with all the different food options. We had chicken tenders and homemade corn fritters with cinnamon butter from The Chuck-Wagon Ladies. Those alone, were worth the three hour drive. The only thing I regret is not trying their fried biscuits with apple butter.
Rockville had a variety of vendors from antiques and house décor to clothing and permanent jewelry.
We also explored Billie Creek Village, where we saw three covered bridges and several historic buildings include a schoolhouse, two churches, Governor’s house and a General Store.
Here are eight other towns worth visiting in Parke County:
- Bellmore: Pumpkins, mums and a variety of family yard sales.
- Mansfield: Home to the Historic Mansfield Roller Mill and an array of festival food and goods.
- Bloomingdale: The Clay Plant, apple butter making and homemade chicken and noodle dinners.
- Bridgeton: Filled with a variety of historic structures, it’s home to Indiana’s Most Famous Covered Bridge.
- Rosedale: Activity hub featuring local crafts and a quilt sale.
- Mecca: Home to the county’s oldest operating tavern along with a large tent of handmade items.
- Montezuma: Crullers, roast hog and beans and wagon tours along the Wabash and Erie Canal.
- Tangier: Home of the buried beef.
Tickets are not required. For more information, visit www.coveredbridges.com or the county’s Facebook or Instagram pages.