Friday, October 13

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

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Friday Night Kickoff Festivities at Rodell’s, free admission, with live music by Chad Elliott. Food and beverage available for purchase. Sponsors are Rodell’s, Atomic Roll-Off, and White Lions Bed & Breakfast. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music!

Saturday, 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.

7:00 am Covered Bridge Race 5K Walk/Run, Cutler-Donahoe Covered Bridge in Winterset City Park. Children’s Event begins at 8:45 am with the 5K to begin at 9:00 am. Sponsored by the Winterset Rotary Club.

8:00 am Madison County ByWays Art Piece Dedication, 1st and Washington (School Administration Building). Join the ByWays Art Selection Committee for the dedication of the art piece “The Story of George Stout” by Michael Goodall. Donors and members of the public are invited to have coffee and a snack as we dedicate the art piece and show off the finishing touches that make it another great attraction for our area.

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 Live Entertainment Stages, Mel Penrod Stage, and Benge Family Street Stage. Check detailed entertainment listings on this page.

9:00 am – 1:00 pm Bridge Filmmaking Contest selection at The Iowa Theater, playing continuously. Stop in to watch short films that feature a bridge in some way, shape or form. After you watch, vote on your favorite, which will be played at the Iowa through the end of 2017!

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 Kids Korner Children’s Activities – Make crafts, participate in old-fashioned games and activities, get autographs from the Wild West Cowboys, learn about butterflies, build a covered bridge, and more. The festival is FREE to youth 11 and under. Hosted by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Winterset Art Center, Master Gardeners, Freedom for Youth Ministries, ISU Extension & Outreach, Madison County Historical Society, MCFEE, and Madison County Historical Complex. See more specific information here.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Create a Covered Bridge by Tom and Molly Clause, hosted by the Madison County Chamber. Create a replica of the Cedar Covered Bridge and learn about the unique and important construction of this Madison County icon. Located on the northwest side of the Festival grounds

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

9am-5pm Horse & Wagon Rides — view the beautiful neighborhoods in Winterset from an old-fashioned horse-drawn wagon, and step away from the bustle of the Festival for a while! Rides leave from the west side of the John Wayne Birthplace Museum; $10

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Master Gardeners Demonstrations, George Washington Carver Park, southeast of Festival grounds. Please visit our demonstration of cotton, peanuts and hear the stories about this great humanitarian who lived in Winterset before attaining his education and becoming one of the most revered botanists until Norman Borlaug!

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Bras for the Cause Cast your vote for your favorite bra creation by purchasing tickets for $1 each. All proceeds stay with Bras for the Cause to fund cancer screening for Madison County residents. Located in the former Hoover Law Firm at 69 Jefferson Street.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Horse & Carriage Rides by Dream Carriage, Winterset City Park. $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)

9:00 am – 5:00 pm John Wayne Birthplace Trail Self-Guided Tour. Pick up maps from the John Wayne Birthplace Museum. Enjoy a driving tour throughout Madison County to view historic locations in the life of world-famous actor, John Wayne!

10:00 am – Noon Meet the Cowboys! 1880s-style cowboys and colorful outlaw characters will stroll the Festival grounds, meet Festival patrons, pose for photos, and award Sheriff’s badges Cowboys’ appearance is courtesy of Wild West Creations.

10:00 am – 2:00pm Spot a Star! Be on the lookout for famous Iowa-based movie characters walking the square! Get your Spot a Star card at the gate when you purchase your ticket. When you spot a star, snag a picture with them and get a sticker for your card. Spot them all, fill your card and drop it off at the Iowa Theater’s booth for a chance to win a prize pack from the theater!

10:00 am – 4:30 pm Winterset Art Center Stop by to view the new gallery exhibit, Variations, by artist James Givan. Art pieces are for sale. Stay to tour the studios and enjoy free hands-on children’s activities (spin-art, etc).

10:00 am – 3:30 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

10:00 am – 11:30 am Guided Church History Tours, First United Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Green St. View Rose Stain Glass Windows and rare pipe organ, plus hear connections to Underground Railroad in Madison County. Call 515-462-3261 for more information.

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

Noon High Noon Shoot Out Madison County won’t tolerate 1880’s style lawlessness! The Old West comes alive in this battle for unclaimed territory. (Please note: The Cowboys are using blanks.)

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

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Screening of the Bridges of Madison County at the Iowa Theater, followed by a panel discussion with actress Sarah Schmitt Zahn (young Carolyn), Dave Trask (featured in the Northside Cafe scene) and John Reed (assisted with film production).

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Meet and Greet the Cowboys and Pose for Photos! Watch as these 1880s-style cowboys recreate history through authentic cowboy appeal and action! Festival grounds.

2:30 – 4:00 pm Guided Church History Tours, First United Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Green St. View Rose Stain Glass Windows and rare pipe organ, plus hear connections to Underground Railroad in Madison County. Call 515-462-3261 for more information.

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

4:30 pm – Dusk Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides conducted by Boden Ballooning in the field behind the Winterset School District Administration offices, 110 W. Washington St. $20 per person

5:00 – 7:00 pm — #DoSomething – Local churches come together to Bring Love. Redeemer Church Office parking lot (across from John Wayne Museum). It will be a night of music and fun for the family. There will be local church musicians performing singer/songwriter, worship, and contemporary Christian music. Plus there will be games and a bounce house for the kids. Not everyone is called to foster or adopt, but everyone can do something. More information can be found on the Bring Love Facebook page, Bring Love Ministry.

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

5:30 pm – 9:00 pm Annual Loynachans Homecoming Gospel Sing New Bridge Church, 1305 W. Jefferson Street. Free will offering.

6:00 PM: The Iowa Theater welcomes the filmmakers behind the upcoming documentary “Stout Hearted: George Stout the Man Who Rescued Art” to show exclusive clips from their upcoming documentary about Winterset native and WW2 hero George Stout. Stout’s granddaughter and other family members will be there! Immediately following the presentation, the feature film The Monuments Men (PG-13 / 1 hr, 58 min) will be screened. $6/adults, $5/seniors and children under 12.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm “Meet Me at the Bridge” at Winterset City Park North Shelter. Wine tasting by Covered Bridges Winery, food available for purchase by HyVee. Enjoy music by Doug Messerschmitt providing DJ service.

7:00 pm Knights of Columbus Bingo Night! St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Fellowshop Hall, 1026 N. 8th Ave., Winterset; $20 for 20 games. Concessions available, all proceeds donated to the rebuilding of Cedar Bridge.

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 15

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, 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 Horse & Carriage Rides, Winterset City Park. $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 Kids Korner Children’s Activities – Make crafts, participate in old-fashioned games and activities, get autographs from the Wild West Cowboys, learn about butterflies, build a covered bridge, and more. The festival is FREE to youth 11 and under. Sponsored by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Winterset Art Center, Master Gardeners, Freedom for Youth Ministries, ISU Extension & Outreach, Madison County Historical Society, MCFEE, and Madison County Historical Complex. See more specific information here.

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 Create a Covered Bridge by Tom and Molly Clause, hosted by the Madison County Chamber. Create a replica of the Cedar Covered Bridge and learn about the unique and important construction of this Madison County icon. Located on the northwest side of the Festival grounds

9:00 am – 1:00 pm Bridge Filmmaking Contest selection playing continuously at the Iowa Theater. Stop in to watch short films that feature a bridge in some way, shape or form. After you watch, vote on your favorite, which will be played at the Iowa through the end of 2017!  More info on cinema-themed activities here.

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

9:00 am – 5:00 pm John Wayne Birthplace Trail Self-Guided Tour. Pick up maps from the John Wayne Birthplace Museum. Enjoy a driving tour throughout Madison County to view historic locations in the life of world-famous actor, John Wayne!

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Master Gardeners Demonstrations, George Washington Carver Park, southeast of Festival grounds. Please visit our demonstration of cotton, peanuts and hear the stories about this great humanitarian who lived in Winterset before attaining his education and becoming one of the most revered botanists until Norman Borlaug!

9:00 am – 5:00 pm  Bras for the Cause Cast your vote for your favorite bra creation by purchasing tickets for $1 each. All proceeds stay with Bras for the Cause to fund cancer screening for Madison County residents. Located in the former Hoover Law Firm, 69 Jefferson St.

10 am – Noon Meet the Cowboys! 1880s-style cowboys and colorful outlaw characters will stroll the Festival grounds, meet Festival patrons, pose for photos, and award Sheriff’s badges. Cowboys’ appearance is courtesy of Wild West Creations. Click for more info on The Cowboys.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm Winterset Art Center Tour the gallery and view the latest gallery exhibit, Variations, by artist James Givan. Bring your children by to enjoy “Stitches on a Story Cloth”. Guests are welcome to add stitches to a Madison County story cloth or stitch a star to take home. Try an Eye Spy challenge in an Art Walk nearby.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Spot a Star. Be on the lookout for famous Iowa-based movie characters walking the square! Get your Spot a Star card at the gate when you purchase your ticket. When you spot a star, snag a picture with them and get a sticker for your card. Spot them all, fill your card and drop it off at the Iowa Theater’s booth for a chance to win a prize pack from the theater! More info on cinema-themed activities here.

10:00 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

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 pm Cowboys Shoot Out Madison County won’t tolerate 1880s style lawlessness! The Old West comes alive in this battle for unclaimed territory. (Please note: The Cowboys are using blanks). Click for more info on The Cowboys.

12:00 pm Civil War Camp Skirmish, Madison County Historical Complex, 815 S. 2nd Avenue

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.

Schedule is subject to change.