Parke County Covered Bridge Festival

The real lure of the festival isn't so much the covered bridges, but rather a far more strange culinary specialty known as buried beef. That's right, beef cooked underground! Marinating in its own juices, this succulent dish is a must-try. As one of Indiana's largest festivals, this one spreads throughout Parke County, concentrated in the hamlets which house some of the areas 31 covered bridges. Historic sites like the Bridgeton Mill enjoy the festivals other fall activities while vendors selling everything from candles and crafts to caramel apple slices, pumpkin ice cream to paintings and much more make this festival a shopping destination.