Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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June 13, 2013

2013 marks another successful Westport Covered Bridge Festival

Greensburg — The 12th annual Westport Covered Bridge Festival was well attended Saturday despite a rainy start to the festival’s featured parade.

Festival coordinator Dave Stults told the Daily News Thursday afternoon that the parade featured 49 participants — a record.

“It went really well despite rain in the morning as the parade got underway,” Stults said. “A few of our scheduled vendors didn’t come because of the rainy conditions.”

The vendors who braved the rain, Stults added, were not disappointed, as all “had lots of visitors.”

The day got started with a breakfast, held on the bridge itself and hosted by the Westport Kiwanis Club.

After the parade, the day’s activities included the Duckling Derby, staged by the FFA of South Decatur High School.

According to Stults, 400 plastic ducks participated, each floating down Sandy Creek to the local dam. David Hampton’s duck finished first, good for a $100 cash prize.

The day also included the Greensburg Fire Department’s Smokehouse simulator. Firefighters were on hand, using the smokehouse to teach kids the dos and don’ts of fire safety.

Entertainment at the festival included music by a local band helmed by Jon Allen, keyboardist Bill Rethlake and a performance by the Westport Orchestra during the festival’s evening Pork Chop Dinner.

There was also Bingo, several giveaways, a dog show, a cake walk, a bounce house and free games for kids, a medical helicopter display, and hot dog, tupperware and Dairy Queen stands — among others.

The day also included a tractor display, which featured seven completely restored tractors and seven unrestored that were in working condition, Stults added.

The Westport Covered Bridge Festival is held yearly in June, usually on the first Saturday, Stults said. In 2013, however, the first Saturday in June conflicted with graduation day at area high schools. As a result, the festival was moved to the second Saturday.

The Westport Area Business Association stages the yearly festival and also holds two other yearly events. Those events include a concert, play or other artistic activity in the first quarter of the year and a Christmas-themed event in the fourth quarter, Stults explained.

According to a press release, the Westport Covered Bridge was built in 1880 by A.M. Kennedy & Sons and is the only covered bridge ever constructed in Decatur County. It is a Burr Arch and Truss type, and its traffic has varied widely in its 133-year existence. The bridge has seen foot traffic, horses and buggies, automobiles, and heavy farm equipment.

 

Contact: Rob Cox 812-663-3111 x7011

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