- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) - Ashtabula County in northeast Ohio is holding its annual covered bridge festival Saturday and Sunday at the county fairgrounds in Jefferson.

The two-day festival celebrates the county’s 18 covered bridges, 17 of which are drivable. Some of the covered bridges were originally built in the 1860s and have since undergone renovation to keep them accessible to cars.

Among the 18 bridges on the tour is the Smolen-Gulf, the longest covered bridge in the U.S. The 613-foot span across the Ashtabula River was dedicated in 2008. Ashtabula County also has the shortest drivable bridge in the U.S., the 18-foot-long Liberty Bridge in Geneva.

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