Bridgeton, Indiana, Community Day is the first large-scale event scheduled specifically to raise funds for rebuilding a replica of the 137-year-old Bridgeton Covered Bridge lost to arson on April 28.
"We expanded upon an event that began three years ago," Bridgeton Covered Bridge Association Treasurer Bart Barns said of the community event scheduled for June 14.
In 2002, Blanch Case, who owns the 1878 Barn and the Case Log Cabin, started a Wine and Art Show in conjunction with the Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Country Store.
"Donations from these events were used to fund needed repairs and general mantenance projects for the bridge," Barns said. "It was a natural progression to use this established event to raise money for the rebuilding effort. We just added the barbeque dinners in the afternoon and the entertainment, all of which is donated."
The all-day fund-raising event promises to be a day of fun, food and music.
Arts and crafts booths will be open to the public along with many other activities throughout the Bridgeton community.
The Bridgeton Grist Mill is grinding the wheat and flour for the pancake breakfast which begins at 8 a.m. and ends at noon. Entertainment during the breakfast will be Louie Popejoy's Young Fiddlers.
"We've prepared more than 400 pounds of pancake mix," said Mike Roe, who owns the mill and is the president of the Bridgeton Covered Bridge Association. "I hope we have enough to last the entire day if needed."
After breakfast, barbecue dinners will be available from noon to 5 p.m. Lunch and dinner entertainment will include the Tecumseh Flyers and Punkin' Hollar Boys, who start playing at noon, and State Rep. Bruce Borders, R-Jasonville, will entertain the crowd with his Elvis impersonation act at 1 p.m., and Tracie Collings, a well-known Parke County singer/song writer, will entertain during the day at the 1878 Barn. Other entertainment will be announced as scheduled.
State lawmakers will be serving food and helping with other activities throughout the day. Those who have signed on for the day include Sen. Timothy Skinner (D-Terre Haute), Rep. Andrew Thomas (R-Brazil), Rep F. Dale Grubb (D-Covington), Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) and Borders.
For more information about the Bridgeton Bridge Rebuilding Activities, people can call Bart Barnes at (765) 548-4095, Kathy Harkrider at Park County Inc. (765) 569-5226 or the local BCBA member Robert Jones at (812) 240-4797.