Friday, October 11

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

Saturday, October 12

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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 2019 Covered Bridge Race Brochure or Click to Register Online.

8:30 am 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 Photography Contest Exhibit at the American Legion Hall Winners of the photography contest held in celebration of the 50th Annual Festival will be on display in 6 categories, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Kids Activities on East Court! Creation Station at Carver Park with arts & crafts, puzzles and challenges, plants & pollinators & peanuts with Blank Park Zoo and the Master Gardeners! Also don’t miss the corn box, pedal cars, pony rides, bubble fun, marbles, and face painting (Saturday 12:00-4:00, Sunday 10:00-2:00).

Creation Station at Carver Park : arts & crafts, puzzles & challenges, plants & pollinators & peanuts with Blank Park Zoo & Master Gardeners!

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 – 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 the southwest side of the square on Court.

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

9:00 am — 5:00 pm Remembering Our Fallen Exhibit, American Legion Hall, sponsored by Homefront Real Estate. A very emotional memorial, Remembering Our Fallen, is a stark reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by 91 Fallen from Iowa killed in The War on Terror while wearing our country’s uniform in a war zone. The photo memorial, which includes military and personal photos of each of Iowa’s Fallen, is traveling throughout the state and will on display at the American Legion Hall in Winterset during Covered Bridge Festival.

10:00 am — 5:00 pm Covered Bridge Festival Memorabilia Display located at the Madison County Historical Society, in celebration of 50 years of festival history. Don’t miss it!

10:00 am — 5:00 pm Horse & Carriage Rides, departing from the John Wayne Birthplace Museum.

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 – 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, 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 pm Special Entertainment by DMS Dueling Fiddles on the Penrod Stage

1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:00 pm Free Documentary Showing, Madison County Covered Bridge Festival: 50 Years Through the Lens. A documentary movie has been created by Brenden Pugh of 2/5 Studios to celebrate 50 years of Covered Bridge Festival History. It includes interviews with some of the very first festival organizers, as well as many old photos and stories from years gone by. It can be viewed for free during Covered Bridge Festival Weekend on the hour from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

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

2:00 — 5:00 pm Live Painting Demonstration by Laura Todd Art

2:30 pm Oklahoma! on the Penrod Stage. Winterset’s famous Apple Tree Players presented Oklahoma to delighted crowds during the very first Covered Bridge Festival weekend in 1970. How fitting that The Winterset Stage is reviving this classic for 2019! A medley of songs from the local cast of Oklahoma will be presented on the Penrod Stage at 2:30pm on Saturday.

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 Balloons.

5:00 pm Cedar Bridge Ribbon Cutting After months of hard work to rebuild Cedar Bridge north of Winterset, there will be a ribbon cutting and re-dedication ceremony held on Saturday, October 12th at 5:00 pm at Cedar Bridge Park. All are invited to attend.

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.

6:45 pm S’mores and popcorn, and Nighttime Civil War Cannon Firing at 7:15 pm, with Skirmish to follow. Madison County Historical Complex, 815 S. 2nd Avenue. Come and enjoy family fun. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Attendance is free.

Sunday, October 13

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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 Photography Contest Exhibit at the American Legion Hall Winners of the photography contest held in celebration of the 50th Annual Festival will be on display in 6 categories, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Kids Activities on East Court! Creation Station at Carver Park with arts & crafts, puzzles and challenges, plants & pollinators & peanuts with Blank Park Zoo and the Master Gardeners! Also don’t miss the corn box, pedal cars, pony rides, bubble fun, marbles, and face painting (Saturday 12:00-4:00, Sunday 10:00-2:00).

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

9:00 am – 5:00 pm 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 Remembering Our Fallen Exhibit, American Legion Hall, sponsored by Homefront Real Estate. A very emotional memorial, Remembering Our Fallen, is a stark reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by 91 Fallen from Iowa killed in The War on Terror while wearing our country’s uniform in a war zone. The photo memorial, which includes military and personal photos of each of Iowa’s Fallen, is traveling throughout the state and will on display at the American Legion Hall in Winterset during Covered Bridge Festival.

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 breast and cervical 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 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

10:00 am — 4:00 pm Covered Bridge Festival Memorabilia Display located at the Madison County Historical Society, in celebration of 50 years of festival history. Don’t miss it!

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

10:00 am — 12:00 pm Horse & Carriage Rides, departing from the John Wayne Birthplace Museum.

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 Special Entertainment by DMS Dueling Fiddles on the Penrod Stage

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 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:00 pm Free Documentary Showing, Madison County Covered Bridge Festival: 50 Years Through the Lens. A documentary movie has been created by Brenden Pugh of 2/5 Studios to celebrate 50 years of Covered Bridge Festival History. It includes interviews with some of the very first festival organizers, as well as many old photos and stories from years gone by. It can be viewed for free during Covered Bridge Festival Weekend on the hour from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

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.