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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Taking Cover


Do you know where the country’s longest covered bridge is? How about its shortest? Both are right here in Northeast Ohio.


You can cover the long and short of it this weekend during the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival. The free festival offers an opportunity to see the Smolen-Gulf Bridge (the longest), the Liberty Street Bridge (the shortest) and 17 others via two driving tours. You can cross the bridges on foot, too.


As you’ll learn in the video, each covered bridge has a unique look and people come from all over the United States to see them. The bridges offer lots of photo opps, plus you might capture some early fall foliage in your shots.


Most of the bridges are being sponsored by community organizations during the 36th annual festival. Representatives of those organizations will have food, beverages and handmade goods for sale to benefit various causes. Details are in the festival magazine that can be downloaded here.


The bridges, some more than 100 years old, are just one part of the festival that runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visitors also can enjoy food, entertainment and a parade, among other things. Click the first link to see the full schedule.





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