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Historic Cedar Bridge to Open During 50th Covered Bridge Festival Celebration

September 27, 2019

(WINTERSET, IA) - The Madison County Chamber of Commerce and the Madison County Covered Bridge Festival Committee would like to invite you to the Cedar Bridge Ribbon Cutting and Rededication Ceremony on Saturday, October 12 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Cedar Bridge Park. This event will feature a short presentation, as well as light appetizers and drinks, and will help celebrate the completed restoration of this historic landmark. Cedar Bridge fell victim to arson in early 2017, but through the generous contributions of donors and volunteers, has been restored back to its original glory. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be a highlight of the 50th Madison County Covered Bridge Festival, the area’s annual two-day fall event.

Originally built in the 1883, the Cedar Bridge rose to fame in the early 1990s after James Waller’s novel, The Bridges of Madison County was published and then adapted for film. In the book, Cedar Bridge is on the cover of the novel, and is where Francesca Johnson goes to meet Robert Kincaid to help him take photographs. At the height of the movie’s popularity, the Oprah Winfrey Show filmed on the lawn of Cedar Bridge Park.

More Information

Additional Covered Bridge Festival information is available by calling 515-462-1185, or visiting the Covered Bridge Festival website, www.madisoncounty.com/covered-bridge-festival/.