Friday, October 12

8:30 am 16th Annual Covered Bridges of Madison County Antique Tractor Ride, Madison County Fairgrounds. Contact Curtis Saveraid, 515-210-7806

Saturday, October 13

6:00 – 11:00 am Winterset Firefighters Association Pancake Breakfast, Fire Station SE of festival grounds; $8 adults, Free for children 3 and under.

7:00 am Covered Bridge Race 5K Walk/Run, Cutler-Donahoe Covered Bridge in Winterset City Park. This annual race is hosted by the Winterset Rotary Club and held in Winterset City Park, 400 South 9th Street, with a Children’s Race starting at 8:45 am and 5K Run/Walk starting at 9:00 am. Enter as an individual or as a family group of two. Click to Download Printable 2018 Covered Bridge Race Brochure or Click to Register Online.

8:30 am 16th Annual Covered Bridges of Madison County Antique Tractor Ride, Madison County Fairgrounds. Contact Curtis Saveraid, 515-210-7806

8:30 am Annual Horseshoe Tournament, Madison County Fairgrounds. Registration and warm-up from 8:30 – 9:30 am. Pitching begins at 10:00 a.m., $10 entry fee. Sanctioned and unsanctioned members welcome. For more information contact the Winterset Parks & Recreation Department at 515-462-3258.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Covered Bridge Festival on the Square. Over 150 vendors, including arts & crafts, wineries, food, and demonstrators plus live music and entertainment stages. $2 admission fee at the gates; children 11 & under are FREE.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Dream Big Dreams Activities — Come to Carver Park on East Court by the Fire Station to celebrate the story of George Washington Carver’s time in Winterset, his love of art and nature, and his dream of an education! Examine the “Dream Big Dreams” mural created by children, meet a National Park Ranger, and help save the butterflies! Pick cotton, make peanut butter, and learn how peanuts grow with the Master Gardeners! Visit the “Creation Station” sponsored by ISU Extension and Plant Grow Fly of Blank Park Zoo to enjoy storytelling, botanical art, rock painting, face painting, and more! Find more information here.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Live Entertainment Stages, Mel Penrod Stage, and Benge Family Street Stage. Check detailed entertainment listings on this page.

9:00 am to 5:00 pm 3D Chalk Artist Kathleen Roling will create something wonderful on the festival grounds right in front of your eyes. Will it involved a covered bridge? Can’t wait to find out!

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Quilt Show, Winterset Elementary School. Enter school off 4th Avenue. $5 admission fee. Enjoy a quilt boutique, vendors and demonstrators, and a quilt raffle.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Farmers Market, located on southwest side of square along 1st Avenue.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Pioneer Village, Courthouse Square. Live demonstrations of crafts from the turn of the century including spinning, weaving, jewelry making, woodcarving, pottery, and more.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm  Bras for the Cause Cast your vote for your favorite bra creation by purchasing tickets for $1 each at 67 E. Jefferson St. All proceeds stay with Bras for the Cause to fund cancer screening for Madison County residents.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Madison County Historical Complex Tour & Passport to the Past Activities. Enjoy the field mercantile penny candy sales, family fun activities at Tusha School, blacksmith demonstrations, horse & wagon rides, Civil War encampment, and more. FREE admission. 815 S. 2nd Avenue

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Horse & Carriage Rides by Dream Carriage, departing from the John Wayne Birthplace. $5 per rider.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm John Wayne Birthplace Museum Tours, 216 S. 2nd Street. $15 adults, $14 seniors (60+), $8 kids (12 & under).

10:00 am — 10:25 am Children’s Interactive Conversation with George Washington Carver (Paxton Williams), on the Penrod Stage (south steps of the Courthouse).

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Cross Cut Saw Competitions hosted by the Madison County Conservation Board and MCFEE, SW corner of the courthouse lawn. Competitions will be held at 10 am, Noon, 2pm, and 4pm.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Winterset Art Center Stop by the studio to enjoy free hands-on children’s activities and learn more about our upcoming programs. Visitors can create a screen print of the new Winterset Art Center logo on card stock for $6 each between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm.

10:00 am – 3:00 pm Covered Bridge Bus Tours The Winterset Rotary Club offers daily tours (with guide) to the covered bridges. Purchase tickets at the ticket booth on the SW side of the Festival grounds. Buses depart from Winterset School District Administration Building, 110 W. Washington Street. Tours are 2 hours in duration. $10

11:00 am, Screening of IPTV documentary, “George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life,” with introduction by associate producer Paxton Williams, and follow up questions by Paxton Williams and Curtis Gregory of the National Park Service.

11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm – Courthouse Tours. Meet Susan B. Anthony at the east courthouse door! Sponsored by the Madison County Historical Society

1:00 — 2:00 pm, George Washington Carver Monologue and follow-up by Paxton Williams at the Iowa Theater.

1:00 – 4:00 pm Winterset High School Alumni Welcome Reception in Farmers & Merchants State Bank Community Room

2:00, Screening of IPTV documentary, “George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life,” with introduction by associate producer Paxton Williams, and follow up questions by Paxton Williams and Curtis Gregory of the National Park Service.

3:30 pm to 3:55 pm Children’s Interactive Conversation with George Washington Carver (Paxton Williams), on the Penrod Stage (south steps of the Courthouse).

4:00 — 5:00, George Washington Carver Monologue and follow-up by Paxton Williams at the Iowa Theater.

4:00 pm Civil War Camp Skirmish, Madison County Historical Complex, 815 S. 2nd Avenue

4:30 pm to 7:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Rides, 110 W. Washington Street. These times are approximate, depending on wind and weather conditions. Located in the field behind the old Winterset High School building, by Boden Baloons.

5:00 – 9:00 pm – Winterset High School All-Class Reunion, Jackson Community Building on the fairgrounds. Get your photo taken, and enjoy sandwiches, drinks, and fun! For more information contact Roxanne Rhoads, (515) 468-8239

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm “Meet Me at the Bridge” at Winterset City Park North Shelter. Enjoy your Saturday evening with food and beverages hosted by HyVee. No advance tickets required.

7:15 pm Nighttime Civil War Cannon Firing, Madison County Historical Complex, 815 S. 2nd Avenue. Enjoy s’mores, a bonfire, and family fun. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Attendance is free.

Sunday, October 14

6:00 – 11:00 am Winterset Firefighters Association Pancake Breakfast, Fire Station SE of festival grounds; $8 adults, Free for children 3 and under

8:00 am – Noon Registration for the 31st Annual Madison County Car Show. Hosted by the Central Iowa Auto Club. Judging begins at 1:30 pm and awards presented at 3:00 pm, 110 W. Washington St.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Covered Bridge Festival on the Square. Over 150 vendors, including arts & crafts, wineries, food, farmers’ market, and demonstrators, plus live music and entertainment stages. $2 admission fee at the gates; children 11 & under are FREE.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Dream Big Dreams Activities — Come to Carver Park on East Court by the Fire Station to celebrate the story of George Washington Carver’s time in Winterset, his love of art and nature, and his dream of an education! Examine the “Dream Big Dreams” mural created by children, meet a National Park Ranger, and help save the butterflies! Pick cotton, make peanut butter, and learn how peanuts grow with the Master Gardeners! Visit the “Creation Station” sponsored by ISU Extension and Plant Grow Fly of Blank Park Zoo to enjoy storytelling, botanical art, rock painting, face painting, and more! Find more information here.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Horse & Carriage Rides, departing from the John Wayne Birthplace. $5 per rider.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Farmers Market, located on southwest side of square along 1st Avenue.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Pioneer Village, Courthouse Square. Live demonstrations of crafts from the turn of the century including spinning, weaving, jewelry making, woodcarving, pottery, and more.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Live Entertainment Stages, Mel Penrod Stage, and Benge Family Street Stage. Check detailed entertainment listings for each stage in this brochure. See entertainment schedules here.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm  Bras for the Cause Cast your vote for your favorite bra creation by purchasing tickets for $1 each at 67 E. Jefferson St. All proceeds stay with Bras for the Cause to fund cancer screening for Madison County residents.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm John Wayne Birthplace Museum Tours, 216 S. 2nd Street. $15 adults, $14 seniors (60+), $8 kids (12 & under)

10:00-10:30, Special guests Paxton Williams and Curtis Gregory will be acknowledged on the Penrod stage, followed by a Children’s Interactive Conversation with George Washington Carver (Paxton Williams).

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Cross Cut Saw Competitions hosted by the Madison County Conservation Board and MCFEE, SW corner of the courthouse lawn.  Competitions will be held at 10 am Noon, 1pm, and 4pm

11:00 am – 4:00 pm Madison County Historical Complex Tour & Passport to the Past Activities. Enjoy the field mercantile penny candy sales, family fun activities at Tusha School, blacksmith demonstrations, horse & wagon rides, Civil War encampment, and more. FREE admission. 815 S. 2nd Avenue

10 am – Noon Covered Bridge Bus Tours The Winterset Rotary Club offers daily tours (with guide) to the covered bridges. Purchase tickets at the ticket booth on the SW side of the Festival grounds. Buses depart from Winterset School District Administration Building, 110 W. Washington Street. Tours are 2 hours in duration. $10

11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm – Courthouse Tours. Meet Susan B. Anthony at the east courthouse door! Sponsored by the Madison County Historical Society

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Quilt Show, Winterset Elementary School. Enter school off 4th Avenue. $5 admission fee. Enjoy a quilt boutique, vendors and demonstrators, and a quilt raffle.

12:00-1:00 pm, George Washington Carver Monologue and follow-up by Paxton Williams at the Iowa Theater.

12:00 pm Civil War Camp Skirmish, Madison County Historical Complex, 815 S. 2nd Avenue. This skirmish concludes the Civil War Camp activities for the weekend.

1:00- 2:15 pm, Screening of IPTV documentary, “George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life,” with introduction and follow up by producer Laurel Bower.

2:00 pm Antique Vehicle and Covered Bridge Festival Parade brought to you by the Winterset Lions Club. Lineup begins at 12:00 pm in the Winterset High School parking lot. Click for route map and info.

3:45 pm, Screening of IPTV documentary, “George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life,” with introduction and follow up questions by associate producer Paxton Williams and producer Laurel Bower.

Schedule is subject to change.