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Convoy of Mercedes to Highlight Roeblingfest in Covington

A convoy of Mercedes will drive through the streets of Covington and Cincinnati, culminating in a trip across the Roebling Suspension Bridge on Saturday.

The day marks the tenth annual Roeblingfest celebration, a festival paying homage to the region's history surrounding the bridge and presented by the Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee, the Roebling Point Business Association, and Renaissance Covington.

The festival takes place on Park Avenue and Court Street on Saturday, June 21.

"We are both proud and thrilled to be the presenting sponsor of Roeblingfest 2014," said Dan Bell, marketing manager at Mercedes-Benz of Ft. Mitchell. "This iconic landmark, so rich in history, is something Northern Kentuckians, Cincinnatians, and visitors from everywhere enjoy each day."

Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell along with The Mercedes-Benz Club (Cincinnati Chapter) are coordinating the convoy. If you've ever wanted to drive a Mercedes yourself, there will be chances sold for the opportunity to drive one for a month.

The festival also celebrates history and features food, music, and more.

An Abraham Lincoln impersonator will be in attendance reciting some of the things the nation's sixteenth President saw during his time. The Forget-Me-Nots will be performing period dancing in the streets. The Covington Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee will be conducting tours of the Roebling Bridge and the Covington Mural Wall, and the statues and architecture scattered along Riverside Drive, and the home of Daniel Carter Beard, the founder of the Boy Scouts.

History fans can browse displays of historic photographs and artifacts by the CCSBC, the Kenton County Public Library, the Behringer-Crawford Museum, and others. Folks will have a chance to win a Trip to the Top of the Roebling Bridge or buy some unique and beautiful Roebling Bridge items and pictures. The proceeds will go toward the upgrading of the decorative lighting of the National Landmark.

The history is not the only thing happening at RoeblingFest. Blinkers, Keystone Bar & Grill, and Molly Malone’s will offer their wares while beer from nearby breweries will also be available.

RoeblingFest also showcases a full day of live music: Mandy Watts, Sternwheelers, DJ Margaret Darling, and Freeze Kitten will lead up to the evening acts of the Danny Nail Trio and 1969 Band.

Visitors can also browse an art show and sale by local artists and there will be a variety of activities for kids to enjoy. Bridges, Inc., a brain injury support group, will be measuring kids for free bicycle helmets from 12 – 3 PM.  So you can see there will be lots to offer for all ages. 

Free parking will be available in the Yoke Lot, along Greenup Street just north of 3rd Street, or in the Midtown garage at Scott & 5th Streets.

For the latest on RoeblingFest, visit RoeblingFest on Facebook or go to www.roeblingbridge.org.

Photo: Roeblingfest in 2013/RCN file