Covered bridge festival planned this weekend
ELYSBURG - The 29th annual Covered Bridge and Arts Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Knoebels Amusement Resort. The event is produced and coordinated by the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau.
Visitors can see apple butter being made, woodcarving, blacksmithing and more as they choose from woodcrafts, wreaths, dried floral arrangements, ceramics, clothing, baskets and more. This year's festival will feature nearly 300 crafters and more than 25 food vendors. Entertainment will include music by Jay Smar, KJ, Stained Grass Window and The Legends, and dancing by the Covered Bridge Cloggers and Susqui Squares.
Visitors can tour the covered bridges of Columbia County by bike. The visitors bureau, in conjunction with the Dutch Wheelman Bicycle Shop, will offer a fun ride on Sunday. The ride covers 25, 60, or 100 miles of hills and rolling terrain throughout Columbia County. The longest tour will travel through five covered bridges and pass by nine more. For more information on this ride, contact the Dutch Wheelman Bicycle Shop at 784-6524.
A fun auction will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday. More than 300 donated items will be auctioned by professional auctioneers. Items range from handmade crafts from vendors at the festival to merchandise and gift certificates from the Visitors Bureaus membership.
On Sunday, car buffs are invited to display their classic and antique cars. Registration is free and begins at 10 am. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 registrants.
A scenic tour of the covered bridges will be held Sunday. Guided bus tours depart Knoebels Amusement Resort at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Cost for the tour is $12 per person. Seats fill up fast, so reservations are strongly recommended. Even though the official park season is over, Knoebels opens many of its rides on Saturday and Sunday.
In addition to the annual Covered Bridge and Arts Festival, the visitors bureau will also host its second annual Twin Covered Bridges Park Fine Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For a less hectic pace and a more intimate setting, festival-goers can visit the Twin Bridges Park in Forks, where more than a dozen local artists will celebrate the restoration of the park and bridges with a collection of fine art. The festival includes everything from paintings to pottery to sculpture. This year's entertainment at the Twin Bridges Park includes MacAlum, The Barn Cats and Red Arrow Singers.