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. Children’s Event begins at 8:45 am with the 5K to begin at 9:00 am. Sponsored by the Winterset Rotary Club.

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 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, learn about George Washington Carver, 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.

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 – 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

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

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

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 – 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 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, 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, learn about George Washington Carver, 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 – 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.

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 – 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 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.