Covered Bridge fest set

Plans are underway for the 15th annual Virginia Covered Bridge Festival. The event will be held on Saturday, June 15 in Woolwine from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors to the festival can expect to be entertained by several live music genres, including Bluegrass, Country, Blues, Americana, Old Time and Gospel, at two separate locations near Jacks Creek Covered Bridge and the site of the former Bob White Covered Bridge.

The festival will again include horse and mule drawn wagon rides. As in years past, a 5-K Run will incorporate into its route a bridge-to-bridge course. Other activities include historical presentations, artisan, craft and food vendors, and the much anticipated “duck race” in the river near Jacks Creek Bridge.

Patrick County is the proud owner of one of the few covered bridges still remaining in the state which, along with the local festival, received recognition during the 2007 session of the Virginia General Assembly, organizers said.

The public is invited to attend and “experience the simple life,” at the festival that showcases the covered bridge and surrounding area. There is no admission charge and free parking is available near both bridge sites.

The festival is hosted and manned by Woolwine residents, Woolwine Volunteer Fire Department, and Smith River Rescue Squad, who volunteer numerous hours towards this effort.

For more information, visit the Virginia Covered Bridge Festival Facebook page or



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