News Release

For Immediate Release 


Event Date: Sept. 23 and 24, 2017

Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival Offers Families Fun Escape to the Past


The Muleskinner Band stands in front of the Pottersburg covered bridge, centerpiece of the Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival, Sept. 23-24.


North Lewisburg, OH - One of Union County’s historic covered bridges sets the stage for a fun, family-friendly adventure in Union County’s beautiful countryside – the 10th Annual Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival, September 23-24, 2017. The event is located at Pottersburg Bridge, 17141 Inskeep-Cratty Road, North Lewisburg, OH 43060. Admission is $5; children 12 and under, free.

All the action will take place on and around the Pottersburg Bridge. The bridge, originally designed and built in 1868, will serve as:

•          The concert venue for several of the eleven bluegrass bands and musicians scheduled to perform at the festival, such as progressive bluegrass group Mad River Railroad and the Sugar Creek Band, a group of brothers and sisters who bring youthful energy to traditional bluegrass. Visit for the complete festival schedule.
•          The setting for a breakfast, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, and picnic dinner, 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 23
•          The centerpiece of an array of other activities for the whole family – kids’ games, horse-drawn wagon rides, farm animals, a 5K run and 2-mile walk, food trucks, art classes, an antique and vintage market, bus tours of the county’s historic bridges and specialty farms, appearances by folk artist Billy Jacobs, a community church service, and an 1860s-style baseball game featuring the Ohio Village Muffins of Ohio History Connection.

Offered by the Union County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the festival is supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council.

“The Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival showcases our historical covered bridges, designed and built in the 1860s and 1870s by Reuben L. Partridge,” says Mardy Hanlon-Stolte, chairperson of the festival. “The Pottersburg Bridge offers a one-of-a-kind setting for a special weekend of wholesome activities for the entire family, from delicious comfort food and foot-tapping music, to charming arts and crafts, and fun kids’ activities.”

Festival hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 23 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24.

Concert and Picnic on the Bridge
Reservations are recommended for the Picnic on the Bridge, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, which will feature a performance by the Sugar Creek Band. Tickets for the dinner may be purchased for $25 on the festival website, or by calling (937) 642-6279 or emailing

The dinner includes broasted chicken, two sides, rolls, lemonade/iced tea and pie. Each dinner ticket includes a chance to win a signed 12-by-16-inch print of a watercolor painting of the Pottersburg Bridge by Ohio folk artist Billy Jacobs.

Tickets for the concert alone, without dinner, will be available for $15.

Farm Fit 5K Run/2-Mile Walk
The Union County Farm Bureau is sponsoring the run and walk to support the Ohio 4-H program. The $30 registration fee includes admission to the festival and a hot post-race breakfast. Register at Start time is 8 a.m. at the Pottersburg Bridge.

For more details, visit the festival website,, or call the Union County CVB, 937-642-6279.


The Sugar Creek Band performing on the Pottersburg Bridge at a previous Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival.

Media Contact: Tina Knotts, Email:, Phone: 937-642-6279
Union County Convention and Visitors Bureau