RoeblingFest, Covington Quest this Weekend in Downtown Covington
RoeblingFest returns to Reobling Point near the Roebling Suspension Bridge on Saturday.
Covington's day-long celebration honoring John A. Roebling (the man behind his namesake Suspension Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge) features historic and educational tours, museum exhibits, children's activities, arts & crafts sales, period dancers and personalities, as well as live music, food & drinks from local restaurants, raffles, and silent auctions.
RoeblingFest was started by the Covington Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee. The CCSBC is a volunteer citizen's organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the Roebling Bridge. They are responsible for providing and maintaining the flags and decorative lighting as well as showcasing this magnificent structure. They started the festival as a Celebration of Art, Architecture, History and Engineering along the Covington riverbanks by the south tower. The first RoeblingFest was in 2005 and continued on as a CCSBC event for the next four years.
In 2010, the CCSBC Roeblingfest merged with the neighborhood party organized by the Roebling Point Business Association to expand Roeblingfest into the festival it is today.
RoeblingFest runs along Park Avenue and Court Street near the Suspension Bridge.
Covington Quest returns
The city's own version of "The Amazing Race" also runs through RoeblingFest this weekend. For more details on this physical and mental challenge through the streets of Downtown Covington, click here.
Tour the Suspension Bridge
Tours of the John A. Roebling Bridge have been the focus of the festival since its inception in 2004, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
Tours of the Roebling Murals on the Covington floodwall, tours of the statues along Riverside Drive -- including a visit to the Dan Beard home, and a new Roebling Heritage Sites tour led by historian and author Don Heidrich Tolzmann will also be available at RoeblingFest.
The tours are provided by the Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee, the citizen's group responsible for the decorative lighting of the bridge and the flags flying atop the towers. Tour tickets will be available for purchase at the group's history tent. Any profits will go toward enhancement of the bridge -- with current emphasis on the upgraded lighting system.
The John A. Roebling Bridge was the proto-type for the more famous Brooklyn Bridge. At its completion in 1867 it was the world's longest bridge span. The structure is a National Historic Landmark and a National Civil Engineering Landmark. The bridge tour highlights historic facts and structural features of this iconic span.
The Roebling Murals tour will be led by Karl Lietzenmayer, editor of Northern Kentucky Heritage magazine, who gave advice and guidance to the artist during the creation of these artworks. The artist was Robert Dafford, and the project was promoted by Legacy, the young-professionals group established by Forward Quest.
The Riverwalk Statues tour points out the roles played by the various individuals in the history of our area. The statues depict Roebling, Simon Kenton, Mary Greene, James Bradley, Chief Little Turtle, John James Audubon, and Daniel Carter Beard. The tour ends with a visit to the Dan Beard home -- the other National Historic Landmark in Kenton County. Beard was one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America.
The tours will begin at noon. There will be only two tours of the Roebling Murals -- at 12:30 and 3:00 PM. There will be but one Roebling Heritage Sites tour beginning at 2 PM. Each tour lasts from 45 minutes to an hour. All tour tickets are $5 per person, or $20 per family. Those ten and younger are free.