This past Saturday Rahul and I drove to Mansfield for the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival. This is a tradition in my family – we make an effort to go each year just for one day’s worth of flea marketing and fried food eating. Nothing wrong with that!
Never before have I taken an effort to photograph the trip. There was an overcast all day, and it even rained a bit on our way over, but that didn’t stop me from trying to capture the beauty of Indiana in the fall.
Rahul and I grew up about 12 miles away from Mansfield. It’s always a two week-long experience in the middle of October. These back roads were pretty familiar to us. Here’s a shot of the covered bridge that takes you from one side of Mansfield to the other.
To the left and right of the bridge are thousands of vendors with so many different items it’s hard to describe them all. Imagine vintage vendors, furniture makers, Amish foods, and handicrafts, to sunglasses, knock offs and crap you will never use but buy for someone else.
Here you can walk to the top of the hill for more vendors.
Here’s my effort to show you a number of cars parked here for people visiting the festival.
Top of the hill, looking down into the crowd.
Just a handful, maybe 5 out of a few hundred food vendors available.
Old-fashioned ice cream machine, making a lot of noise. There were several Amish homemade ice cream shops.
Couldn’t get dad some pork rinds.
Aren’t these beautiful blue Ball jars?
All of the pumpkins were on sale, so we stocked up.
Rahul holding the 25-pound pumpkin that we bought for $7.
Me with my Hoosier fries also called ribbon fries. Eat ’em while they’re hot! Always have to get these.
We wrapped up at Mansfield and drove back to my parent’s house where I took more photos of the beautiful fall leaves. I’ll share those later. Then we visited Rahul’s parents, where we saw the smoker Rahul’s dad built. Here’s Josh,Rahul’s brother, about to open it up.
Brisket smoked for more than 12 hours.
All in all, it was a great trip! I purchased some flavored popcorn and summer sausage and Rahul got a bacon press. Success