Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival gets off to a wet start

Members of Eagleville Bible Church operate a stop at the Mechanicsville Covered Bridge during the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival in October 2018.

JEFFERSON — Those attending the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival this weekend can expect to see some new events and features.

The festival’s main grounds are in the village of Jefferson.There are events and activities at each of the county’s 19 covered bridges.

This year’s festival, which runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, marks the first time the long-awaited covered bridge pavilion at Giddings Memorial Park, at South Market Street and East Jefferson Street will be used.

The $150,000 pavilion has been in the works since 2016 and was paid for with $100,000 in state dollars, $25,000 in private donations and $25,000 from village coffers.

Patty Fisher, village clerk-treasurer, said pavilion construction is about 90-percent complete and it will be in use during the festival. There will be a short ceremony around 2 p.m. Saturday following the festival parade in order to mark the first use of the pavilion at the festival.

Fisher said not only is she excited that the pavilion will be in use this weekend, she is looking forward for it to be used in the coming years for weddings and also concerts in the park.

“We’ve been working on this since 2016 and I’m happy it’s ready,” Fisher said. “We are excited for the coming years to use this.”

Beyond the new covered bridge pavilion, festival-goers can find Center for Science and Industry (COSI) station for children at Giddings Memorial Park, according to Ginger Whitehead, director of the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival.

The COSI stations, open from noon-4 p.m. both days, will be a place for children to learn about science and perform experiments, Whitehead said.

“It’s a science experiment kiosk for children in the park,” Whitehead said. 

Whitehead said she encourages people to attend the main festivities in Jefferson and the parade which starts at 1:30 p.m. at Jefferson High School. People should also tour the county and make a stop at each of the 19 covered bridges if possible, she said.

“Go see them all,” she said.

For more information about the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival visit www.coveredbridgefestival.org

BOX: Saturday

9 a.m. to noon — Pancake Breakfast Jefferson United Methodist Church

9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Queen’s luncheon at A-Tech

10 a.m. — Festival craft building opens

10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. — Children’s choir from Jefferson United Methodist Church

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Car show at Giddings Memorial Park

11 a.m. to noon — Scribbles and Giggles stroll the grounds

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. John King as Abraham Lincoln

12:30 p.m. Parade lines up at high school

1-4 p.m. — 1890 tours at Jefferson Depot

1:30 p.m. — Parade leaves high school

1:45 p.m. — Parade arrives at Giddings Memorial Park

2 p.m. — Parade and visiting royalty announcements

3-3:30 p.m. — Spoon Man

5-7 p.m. — Country Redford

SUNDAY

9 a.m. to noon — Pancake Breakfast Jefferson United Methodist Church

10 a.m. — Festival craft building opens

10-11 a.m. — Church service by Jefferson United Methodist Church

Noon-1:30 p.m. — The Two Kings

Noon-4:00 p.m. — John King as Abraham Lincoln

Noon-1 p.m. — Scribbles and Giggles 

2-2:30 p.m. — The Spoon Man

1-4 p.m. — 1890 tours at Jefferson Depot

3-5 p.m. — O’Needers 

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