- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

BRIDGETON, Ind. (AP) - Organizers are expecting a sunny change from this week’s rainy weather to draw big crowds to the final weekend of this fall’s Parke County Covered Bridge Festival in western Indiana.

This is the 58th year of the countywide festival that started Oct. 10, drawing tens of thousands of visitors on busy days to the county’s 31 wooden covered bridges.

“It’s been a little slow just because of the rain … but people are still coming in,” said Kelsey Canfield of Parke County Inc., the group that organizes and promotes the festival.

Vendors selling food and craft items line roads during the festival in towns such as Rockville, Mansfield, Mecca, Rosedale and Bridgeton scattered about the rural county.

Visitors to Bridgeton this week could have heard a chain saw being used to cut logs at the booth that houses the Holliman’s Logs family business, the Tribune-Star reported (https://bit.ly/1tzboV5 ).

Walt Holliman said the family hauled 100 logs and cut them to create log signs and board signs. The business is based in Linden, about 50 miles away, and is in its seventh year as a festival vendor.

Donna Collins of Rockville stood in front of a store near the Bridgeton covered bridge and played tunes on her accordion - the fifth year she’s performed during the festival.

“I just enjoy doing it,” Collins said “I like being around people.”

And people love the accordion, she said. “It’s a lost art.”

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Information from: Tribune-Star, https://www.tribstar.com

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