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Covered Bridge Festival

Save the Date: October 12 & 13, 2024
9 am to 5 pm

Vendor & Parade Applications

Apply to be a vendor or join the parade! We're now accepting applications.

Festival Applications


  • $3.00  or 2 for $5.00
  • Free for children under 11

Please Note

There is no smoking inside festival grounds. For the safety of all visitors and participants, only service animals will be allowed on festival grounds (this does not include emotional support or therapy animals).

Thank You, Sponsors!  Parade Information

Vendors & Demonstrations

We are still accepting applications for vendors and demonstrators (of old-timey skills) for the 2024 Covered Bridge Festival. Head over to our Applications page to download the correct form for your business or organization. 

Our 2024 Vendor Lineup will be announced later this summer. Stay tuned!

Vendor List


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! (Stay tuned for the 2024 Event Schedule!)

Activity Schedule


Stay tuned for the 2024 Entertainment Lineup - coming soon!

Entertainment Schedule

Kids Zone

Stay tuned for the 2024 lineup of children's activities!

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 its history here!

Festival History

Annual Festival Events

Madison County Historical Complex

Exterior of a historical building in Madison County, Iowa.The Covered Bridge Festival experience would not be complete without a visit to the Madison County Historical Complex.

History on the Hill

The Car Show

Classic cars parked on a green lawn for the Madison County Covered Bridge Festival car show.Held on Sunday only, just off the Winterset courthouse square, this massive show is a car-lover's dream.

Car Show Schedule

Tours of the Covered Bridges

A covered bridge of Madison County, Iowa
Relax and enjoy a scenic tour of the historic covered bridges of Madison County conducted by the Winterset Rotary Club!

Tour Information

Festival Royalty

Madison County Covered Bridge Festival Royalty members

Congratulations to our 2023 Festival Royalty: Jim & Nancy Smith of Macksburg! Stay tuned for our announcement of the 2024 Festival Royalty!

Royalty Nominations