Horse and mule wagon rides are among the highly anticipated offerings of the Covered Bridge Festival. The event will be held on Saturday in Woolwine. (Photo contributed by Billie Sue Morrison)

There is no admission fee to the festival, and free parking is available near both the Jacks Creek Covered Bridge and the site of the former Bob White Covered Bridge, according to Regena Handy, an organizer of the event.

As part of Patrick County’s tourism efforts, the festival is hosted and manned by volunteers from the Smith River Rescue Squad, the Woolwine Volunteer Fire Department, community residents and supporters.

Additional help is always needed, Handy said, adding area residents are encouraged to join in and help promote the county’s local treasures.

The festival celebrates the two covered bridges in Patrick County – the Jack Creek Covered Bridge and the Bob White Covered Bridge.

The former is a 48-foot oak construction that was built in 1914 by Charles Vaughan and designed by Walter Weaver of Woolwine.  The latter was destroyed in a 2015 flood. An effort is underway to build a similar structure on the same site.

The festival, which encompasses both…

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