Virginia Covered Bridge Festival

Saturday, June 17, 2017

LOCATION:

Jacks Creek Covered Bridge and the former site of Bob White

Route 8, Jacks Creek Road
Woolwine, VA

East ZONE
Learning Opportunity
Participatory Event
Visual or Performing Arts

TIME:

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Virginia Covered Festival, officially recognized and designated as such by the Virginia General Assembly in 2007, has strived for the past decade to serve as a catalyst for tourism to Patrick County, Virginia. The festival itself, held on the third Saturday in June, is purely to showcase Jack’s Creek Covered Bridge, the former Bob White Covered Bridge site and the Woolwine community as a whole. The Bob White Covered Bridge, built in 1921, was lost to the community in the flood of September, 2015…a heart-rending loss to history and to our community.

Events of the Virginia Covered Bridge Festival center around two stages of music…one at The Jack’s Creek Covered Bridge site on Rt 8 and at the former site of the Bob White Covered Bridge. Eight musical groups perform: four eclectic entertainers/groups at Jack’s Creek site and four old-time or traditional groups at Bob White site. This music highlights the wealth of talent in our local and regional area which is arguably the “cradle” of traditional American music!

As a community showcase, the festival presents not only great music but plenty activities for the whole family. Horse and wagon rides run between the two bridge sites allowing passengers the feeling of the old-time way and an opportunity to enjoy the music at both stages. The Sons of Confederate Veterans provide a program and shoot the big canon! The 5-K Run benefits athletic programs at Stuart, VA Elementary School. The children’s area features a petting zoo and a bouncy-house. Vendors include local and regional hand-crafters, local non-profits, representatives, historians and covered bridge lovers creating a rousing festival atmosphere. Food and drink vendors are at both sites.

As a community showcase, the festival is free of charge to the public and is made possible by hundreds of volunteer hours, donations of the use of the beautiful grounds that surround each bridge area and master gardeners with their magic touch. The Woolwine Volunteer Fire Department, the Smith River Rescue Squad and the residents of Woolwine contribute time and talent to make this festival possible.

As a community showcase, Virginia’s Covered Bridge Festival gives the public access to the culture and heritage from which the roots of so much of our American traditional music has grown!
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