Covered Bridge & Arts Festival


AT THE BLOOMSBURG FAIRGROUNDS!

The 2022 Festival is set for October 6 - 9, 2022

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Location: Bloomsburg Fairgrounds | 620 West Third Street | Bloomsburg, PA 17815

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Situated in beautiful Central Pennsylvania at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, the 40th Annual Covered Bridge & Arts Festival has something for everyone! The Festival is one of the largest craft festivals on the East Coast, and four-day annual attendance is typically near 150,000 visitors.

The Festival Features:
• More than 320 Craft Vendors & 38 Food Stands!
• FREE Parking & FREE Admission

Handmade & Traditional Crafts • Turned & Carved Wood • Glass
Prints • Sewn & Woven Textiles • Jewelry • Photography • Paintings • Pottery
Decor for Every Holiday • New & Repurposed Primitives
Plus Much More!

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Festival Vendor List

-- Food vendors at the 2022 Covered Bridge Festival -- 

View & Download the 2022 Food Vendor List

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Please check back closer to the Festival for a list of the 2022 craft vendors!

View & Download the Crafter List from 2021

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Covered Bridge Festival Map

The 2022 Festival layout at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds will be available in early fall.

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Covered Bridge Festival Parking

Parking will take place in the main parking lot of the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. Attendees will be able to access the main parking lot by entering the Fairgrounds from the Main Entrance off Route 11 via Fort McClure Boulevard (Gate 3), or from the town-side parking lot entrance off 5th Street (Gate 6). Both will allow access into the main parking lot.

Regular tram service will run from the parking areas to the festival gate entrance.

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NEW for 2022: Covered Bridge Festival Fine Artist Section

New to the festival this year is a special fine arts section of vendors who will be offering a series of live demonstrations of their craft throughout the course of the festival weekend! The fine arts section will be located off Avenue A, in and around the historic barn. The list of demonstrations for each day are listed below (schedule subject to change).

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Time

Artist Name

Medium

Hands-on Participation? 

10:00-10:45

No Class

N/A

N/A

11:00-11:45

Christine Luschas

Egg scratching

Handout for kids and egg blowing

12:00-12:45

Wanda Summers

Basket Weaving

No - demonstration only

1:00-1:45

Reagan Bitler - Godahavom Gourds

Gourd Art

Yes, kids mini gourd ornament

2:00-2:45

Toby Bouder

Wood Turning

No - demonstration only.

3:00-3:45

Mario Meneses Pottery Yes

4:00-4:45

John Warren - Brooms Fireplace Brooms Handouts for kids

5:00-5:45

No Class

N/A

N/A

Friday, October 7, 2022

Time

Artist Name

Medium

Hands-on Participation?

10:00-10:45

No Class

N/A

N/A

11:00-11:45

Liam McCay - Spurtles

Spurtles

No - demonstration only

12:00-12:45

Peter Grimord

Wildlife Illustration

No - demonstration only.

1:00-1:45

Reagan Bitler - Godahavom Gourds

Gourd Art

Yes - kids mini gourd ornament

2:00-2:45

Toby Bouder

Wood Turning

No - demonstration only.

3:00-3:45

Mario Meneses Pottery Yes

4:00-4:45

John Warren - Brooms Fireplace Brooms Handouts for kids

5:00-5:45

No Class

N/A

N/A

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Time

Artist Name

Medium

Hands-on Participation?

10:00-10:45

No Class

N/A

N/A

11:00-11:45

Christine Luschas

Egg scratching

Handout for kids and egg blowing

12:00-12:45

Joan Grimord

Children’s Illustration

Yes - coloring sheet for kids.

1:00-1:45

Reagan Bitler - Godahavom Gourds

Gourd Art

Yes - kids mini gourd ornament

2:00-2:45

Toby Bouder

Wood Turning

No - demonstration only.

3:00-3:45

Mario Meneses Pottery Yes

4:00-4:45

John Warren - Brooms Fireplace Brooms Handouts for kids

5:00-5:45

No Class

N/A

N/A

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Time

Artist Name

Medium

Hands-on Participation?

10:00-10:45

No Class

N/A

N/A

11:00-11:45

Christine Luschas

Egg Scratching

Handout for kids and egg blowing

12:00-12:45

Peter Grimord

Wildlife Illustration

No - demonstration only.

1:00-1:45

Wanda Summers

Basket Weaving

No - demonstration only

2:00-2:45

Liam McCay - Spurtles

Spurtles

No - demonstration only.

3:00-3:45

No Class

N/A

N/A

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Download the 2022 Festival Rack Card to Share With Friends!

View & Download

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Additional Festival Happenings

  • Wine Tasting will be offered in the Farm Museum building.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Hazard Distillery offering tastings, located on 10th Street.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Limited edition covered bridge puzzles and commemorative covered bridge ornaments will be sold during the festival by the Visitors Bureau at the Information Booth near the Gate 3 entrance.
  • There will be a weekend petting zoo.
  • Bloomsburg Fair Farmers Market will be held in front of the Fairgrounds by the Big Country building on Saturday from 9 AM - 1 PM.
  • MORE TO COME, WILL BE ANNOUNCED AS INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

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Covered Bridge Festival FAQ's

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  1. Will there be a cost for entrance and parking? NO!
  2. Will there be help for handicapped? There will be scooters available to rent and will be located just inside of Gate 3. Prices are as follows:
    Scooter: 3 hr rental = $25; 5 hr rental = $35; 8 hr rental = $50; 12 hr rental = $65
    Wheelchair: 
    $15 / day
    Wagon: $15 / day
  3. Will there be transit trams operating in the parking lots? Yes!
  4. Will there be any kid-friendly rides? There will be a weekend petting zoo; rides and games are TBD. 
  5. Are dogs allowed at the Festival? No, dogs are not permitted at the Festival. The Festival rents the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds for the event and thus abides by traditional Fairground policy regarding dog entry.
  6. Are service dogs allowed at the festival? Service dogs ARE PERMITTED at the Festival. You may be asked if the animal is a service animal and which task(s) the animal is trained to perform.
  7. Will there be ATMs there?  There are two ATMs available on premises.
  8. What types of food will be there? A wide variety of food vendors will be at the Festival. A complete list of food vendors is published on this page.
  9. What is the cancellation policy for the CB bus tours?  Health is the only reason and the request must be made at least 1 week in advance.
  10. How do you get into the Festival? Vehicles will enter the Fairgrounds through the main gate (Gate 3) of the Fairgrounds, or from the 5th Street side (Gate 6). Both will allow access into the main parking lot. Attendees will then enter the festival through the main gate (Gate 3).
  11. Where can I get Festival information on the day of the event? The information booth will be located right inside the main entrance (Gate 3).
  12. Will the gates open prior to 10 AM each day? The Festival officially opens at 10 AM each day; however gates may be opened prior to 10 AM at the discretion of Fairground security in consideration of patron safety. Vendors set-up/re-stock daily on the grounds; customers will NOT be permitted to enter while vendor vehicles are on-site.
  13. Where do I board for the Covered Bridge Tour? Tour buses will load at Gate 2.

Covered Bridge Bus Tours

Interested in seeing our area's historic covered bridges while you visit the festival? Take one of our guided bus tours, complete with a step-on guide to provide information and history about the various bridges and sights along the way!

Bus Tour Dates/Times:
2022 BUS TOURS WILL RUN ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9.
Friday's bus tour is presently sold out, pending any changes.

Departure Time: 10:30 AM
Cost: $30 per seat
Approximate length of trip: 3 hours
Seating is limited and typically sells out early. Please make reservations as soon as possible. Pre-payment is required to book your seat. Tickets must be picked up at the CMVB info booth (located at the entrance of the Education Building) at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Guests will board the bus at the Gate 2 entrance.  Buses are NOT handicap accessible.

Reserve your spot over the phone by calling 570-784-8279.
Cancellation Policy: No refunds given for cancellations less than one week out, and will only be given due to illness or emergency.


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Covered Bridge Festival Application Forms

CRAFTER:
Interested in becoming a crafter at the Covered Bridge Festival?  Your first step is to download our Covered Bridge Festival Pre-Qualification Form.  Booth spaces start at $350 for the 4-day festival.

Pre-qualification forms may be submitted at any point throughout the year. Forms will be reviewed and filed, to be referenced the next time vendors are needed to fill spaces. Once added, pre-qualification forms are saved in Committee's files for up to 3 years of consideration.  Submitting a pre-qualification application does NOT guarantee you a spot in the show. If your pre-qualification forms and paperwork are in order, you will be placed in the qualified pool of vendors. Please remember that applicants must hand make their craft – no buy/sell.  This is a juried show.

Filling spaces: Craft vendors who were at the prior festival are given priority to return.  The spaces of craft vendors who elect not to return will be filled from the pre-qualified pool of applicants who have already been approved.  If you are in the pre-qualified pool, you will be notified in late spring if your pre-qualification application was selected to attend our upcoming festival as a new vendor.  If you are one of the vendors selected, you will then receive a full application to fill out along with instructions for space payment. If you were not selected from the pre-qualification pool for the given year, you will not be notified directly. You will only be notified if you were selected as a vendor.

THE 2023 SHOW IS PLANNED FOR OCTOBER 5 - 8, 2023.

FOOD VENDOR:
Download the food vendor pre-qualification form and follow the instructions on the form to submit your booth for consideration! Food vendor booth rates start at a minimum of $870 for the four-day festival.