October 9 & 10, 2021 — 9am to 5pm

Madison County Covered Bridge Festival: Reunited!

Contact chamber@madisoncounty.com for more information!

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.

2021 Vendor Applications

Vendors & Demonstrators

We’re expecting nearly 100 vendors and demonstrators, and the list is still growing!

Schedule of Events


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

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!

2021 Vendor Applications

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!

Festival History

The Car Show

Held on Sunday only, just off the square, this massive show is a car-lovers dream.

King & Queen Nominations

The Quilt Show

Held on Saturday and Sunday in conjunction with the festival, enjoy the quilt show at Winterset Elementary School.

Theme Activities

Tours of the Covered Bridges

Relax and enjoy a scenic tour of the historic covered bridges of Madison County!

2021 Festival Royalty

Congratulations to Nancy Triplett and Ruth Reed, both named as Queens of the 2021 Covered Bridge Festival!

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!


The due date for vendor applications has been extended! We invite you to fill yours out today to secure a spot in the 2021 festival! Parade applications are now being taken also.