A big part of the Madison County Covered Bridge Festival has always been demonstrations of some of the old-time crafts and activities that remind us of our heritage and hearken back to a simpler time. This year is no exception! Visit the booths around the festival grounds to see the following.

Pioneer Village

The following will be located in the Pioneer Village area of the festival grounds, in the grassy area on the courthouse lawn:

Alpaca Hair Spinning and Weaving by Gary and Karen Devries of AKG Enchanted Alpaca Ranch

Learn About Turtles with a Madison County Naturalist, and go on a turtle egg hunt. Hosted by Madison County Foundation for Environmental Education (MCFEE).

Stipling Art by Willard Barker of Willy Ink

Meet the Cowboys! Grab an autograph sheet and find the 1880s style cowboys strolling the festival grounds for autographs and sheriff’s badges, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.

Pottery Making by Russ and Jackie Leckland of New Harmony Pottery

Metal Smithing Jewelry by Dennis Victor of Fish Lips 3

Basket Making by Jacob Gingrich and Linda Hansen

Build a Covered Bridge by Morry Hay and Tom Clause. Learn about the unique construction of our Madison County covered bridges and create a small replica of Cedar Covered Bridge.

Tourism/Stories about the history of the Covered Bridges and more (by the Bell Monument on the northeast corner)

Chain Saw Carving by Andy Klindt of Andy Klindt Chain Saw Carving: UPDATE — not able to come due to a family emergency.

Fiber Spinning and Weaving by Sue Crawford of the Des Moines Spinners

Paper, Candle, Soap, and Flower Crown Making by Adam O’Neal of PepperHarrow Farm

Northwest Corner

The following demonstrators will be located on 1st Avenue near Farmers & Merchants State Bank:

Metal Fabricating by Marti Dodge of 3 Herons Art

Old Time Photo Booth hosted by The Winterset Stage, a great opportunity to dress up in old fashioned garb and have your photo taken with friends and family.

Southeast Corner

The following will be located on Court Ave. near Forget Me Not Floral & Gifts:

Corn Box children’s play activity, hosted by Freedom for Youth Ministries

Kiddie Tractor Rides hosted by Farm Bureau

Southwest Corner

Located on 1st Avenue near Covered Bridges Realty:

Sheep Shearing by Madison County Sheep Producers

Wool Spinning by Randall Parkin of Madison County Sheep Producers

Iowa Quilt Museum

Located in front of the Iowa Quilt Museum on the south side of the square, several talks about quilting will be given over the weekend by Marianne Fons, Virginia Berger, and Mark Davis. See complete schedule for this and other quilt-themed activities here.

Piece Works Quilt Shop

Located in front of Piece Works Quilt Shop at 54 Court, color on special fabric printed like a coloring book as part of a larger quilt-making activity.


Don’t miss these demonstrations going on inside stores on the square:

Glass Blowing by Robin Paul of Madhaus Gallery, 112 W. Court Ave. (10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday)

Yarn Dolls by Amy Sawyers of Heartland Fiber, 112 N. 1st Ave. (10am to 4pm Saturday, 10am to 2pm Sunday, at the top of each hour for 15 minutes)