It’s pretty much ALL HANDS ON DECK as the town prepares for the 49th Annual Covered Bridge Festival. After the booth is set up Friday night we might head out to the Winterset FFA Alumni and Blue & Gold Boosters Haunted House to be held at the fairgrounds from 7:30 to 10:00 pm Friday and Saturday evenings October 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th & 27th. October 26th and 27the will be a ‘PG WEEKEND’ for those like to look but don’t want to be spooked. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.
The theme for his year’s festival is Dream Big Dreams celebrating the life of Dr. George Washington Carver, the time that he spent in Winterset, and the impact his time here had on his future. Learn more about all of the events and activities related to George Washington Carver and the Dream Big Dreams theme HERE.
The volume and variety of events and activities during the Covered Bridge Festival is staggering! Instead of listing it here, we’re going to direct you straight to the source. For a Full Schedule of Activities CLICK HERE
In addition to the downtown area, there will be great activities happening in several other locations around Winterset.
The Madison County Historical Complex has a full list of fun and educational programs, including a Civil War skirmish, happening at their complex on South 2nd Avenue. Find out more about those events HERE.
The Covered Bridges Quilters will host their annual quilt show in the gymnasium at Winterset Elementary. This is a fantastic display of local quilting talent (and a warm & dry place to go if the weather isn’t cooperating). Find out more HERE.
The Central Iowa Auto Club will host a vintage car show on Sunday in the field between Winterset Elementary and the Winterset administration building. Get the details for that HERE.
The Winterset Art Center will be hosting Youth Art Activities on Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00. Stop by the studio to enjoy free hands-on children’s activities. They will also be offering the opportunity to create a screen print of the new Winterset Art Center logo on card stock ($6 each) with Bree Daggett from 10:30am-3:30pm.
Head out to Roseman Bridge to meet Ben Stellino from Ontario, Canada. Ben’s book this thing between us is inspired by Robert James Waller’s Bridges of Madison County. Ben is launching her new book this weekend at the festival and will be at Roseman Bridge for book signings Saturday from 10:00 to 3:30 and Sunday from 10:00 to 2:30. Visit the book’s website to learn more about this thing between us.
We encourage you to check out ALL the information about the bridge festival on the Madison County Chamber of Commerce website (check out the navigation menu on the right side of all of the pages we’ve linked here). Heaps of ‘Kudos’ and buckets full of ‘Thanks’ to the dozens of organizers and hundreds of volunteers that will, once again, make this a wonderful Covered Bridge Festival.
Street Tails, Inc. will be having a Yard Sale at 316 East Jefferson on Saturday, October 13th. All proceeds will go to help homeless and abandoned kittens and cats in Winterset. Plus, kittens and cats will be available for adoption so you might even find a new feline family member to take home.
The Iowa Quilt Museum will be open throughout the festival and it will be the last two days to catch the exhibit Blue Ribbon Quilts of the Iowa State Fair. The exhibit features thirty blue ribbon winning gems showcasing quilting talent from across the state.
The House with a Clock in its Walls continues its run at The Iowa tonight and Friday at 7:oo pm. PG / 1 hr, 45 min. The Covered Bridge Festival brings the Dream Big Dreams theme to the big screen with a several presentations of George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life. This PBS documentary film will be shown at various times throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday with a discussion to follow each screening. The Iowa will also host special performances of George Washington Carver brought to life by Paxton Williams during the weekend.
As we approach Halloween, the Iowa is getting in the ‘spirit’ with Beetlejuice on Way Back Wednesday, October 17th. For those of you who don’t remember the 1988 comedy-fantasy blockbuster, it was directed by Tim Burton and stars Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffery Jones and a youthful Winona Ryder.
The Winterset Art Center will host a Raku pottery firing on Saturday, October 13th, at 5:30 pm. Join Mike Sible and Brad Hansen as they demonstrate this unique style of firing pottery. Raku is a type of low-firing process that involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials. Once the materials ignite, the containers are closed. This produces an intense reduction atmosphere which effects the colors in glazes and clay bodies. The drastic thermal shock also produces crackling. It’s really an interesting process to witness and you can do it right here in Winterset!
The Winterset Cidery will host Brick ‘N Bob Duo for live music on Saturday, October 13th at 6:30 pm. This band plays everything from classic rock to rocking country, and tasty blues to originals. Up in Smoke will begin serving food at 5:30 and there is a $5 cover charge. Remember that the cidery will be closing for the season soon, so take advantage of these last few opportunities to enjoy a locally brewed hard cider.
Get into the spirit of the autumn season and learn basic sewing techniques at this free Fabric Pumpkins: Beginning Sewing Class for teens and adults on Monday, October 15th, 6:30 pm at the library. Registration is required; register online or call the library at 515-462-1731 to reserve your space. Participants will need to bring to class: one or two pieces of fabric at least 18”x 22” (fat quarter size). The library will provide the remaining supplies to make your pumpkin to take home.
Head to the Winterset Art Center again on Tuesday, October 16th, to make your own Leather Earrings. Join Tiffany Smith, a leather jewelry artist from Winterset and owner of The Dancing Llama, as she guides you in creating your own unique leather earrings. Choose from a variety of fall patterns and colors to create a pair of genuine leather and sterling silver hook earrings. All supplies will be provided. This class is recommended for ages 10 and up. The class fee is $10 for non-members and $8 for members. Advance registration is required. Please email email@example.com to sign up.
Winterset Art Center has many more events planned for this month. You can download a schedule here.
Wellness Wednesdays continue on Wednesday, October 17th, with Fossil Hunting at Pammel Park from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Middle River twists and turns its way through Pammel Park leaving behind several accessible sandbars. These sandbars are geological gold mines with each piece of deposited limestone featuring one of a kind fossils. Wearing old clothes and shoes that can get wet are a must for this event. In the event of warm weather, there will be an opportunity for shallow creek stomping south of the Pammel Park Ford. Fossil hunters should meet at the parking area on the west side of the Pammel Park Ford at 6:00 pm. This event is free and no registration is required.
Winterset Dog Park will be holding it’s 4th Annual Soup Supper next Friday, October 19th, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Legion Hall. Tickets will be available at the door and are $10 per person, or $15 per couple, so find a friend! All proceeds go to the “Fence Fund” for the Dog Park.
Friday, October 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm join instructors Sandra Geronimo and Gina Crow at the 1st Avenue Collective for a perfect night of Wine, Snacks and Jewelry Making. Participants will make one pair of earrings and one 18” or 20” necklace to wear home or give as gifts. You will learn to fuse, form and texture fine silver wire to design your earrings and necklace. No jewelry experience necessary just a desire to create. The $55 fee includes all materials- sterling silver chain & ear wires, wine and snacks. Registration is required so call 1st Avenue Collective at 515-505-4396 to secure your space.
We wish everyone a really enjoyable time at the 49th Annual Covered Bridge Festival. While you’re there, look for the quilted barn in front of the Iowa Quilt Museum. We had our hands in designing and making it and we think it’s kinda nifty!
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