October 9 & 10, 2021 — 9am to 5pm
Madison County Covered Bridge Festival: Reunited!
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Admission: $2.00 (FREE for children under 11)
No Smoking, and only service animals are allowed on Festival grounds (this does not include emotional support or therapy animals).
In addition to celebrating our ability to reunite on the second weekend in October, 2021, we look forward to celebrating one of our most important and influential citizens, George Stout. Well known in recent years due to his character’s role in the book and movie Monuments Men, George Leslie Stout was an American art conservation specialist and museum director who founded the first laboratory in the United States to study art conservation, as well as the first journalist on the subject of art conservation.
Stout was born in Winterset in 1897. He was the oldest of six brothers, the son of Lulu McBride and Abraham Lincoln Stout and the grandson of Margaret Ross and Micaijah Stout. Stout’s parents and grandparents and younger brother Robert are all buried in the Winterset Cemetery.
Vendors & Demonstrators
We’re expecting nearly 100 vendors and demonstrators, and the list is still growing!
As you’re strolling the square and visiting the community, there are lots of activities to enjoy. Pick up a printed schedule at the gate, or check it out online right here!
This year’s festival entertainment is better than ever! Dueling Fiddles, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and more! Click to find out where and when.
George Stout Events
We are excited to celebrate George Stout in the community this weekend with a variety of special events dedicated to his legacy.
Don’t miss these annual festival favorites!
Madison County Historical Complex
The Covered Bridge Festival experience would not be complete without a visit to the Historical Complex. Plan your outing around their hours and events!
The Car Show
Held on Sunday only, just off the square, this massive show is a car-lovers dream.
The Quilt Show
Held on Saturday and Sunday in conjunction with the festival, enjoy the quilt show at Winterset Elementary School.
Tours of the Covered Bridges
Relax and enjoy a scenic tour of the historic covered bridges of Madison County!
History of the Madison County Covered Bridge Festival
The first Madison County Covered Bridge Festival was held in 1970, started by a group of active and passionate citizens. Read more about it here!