COVINGTON, Ky. -- A day-long event celebrating the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge and the people it connects promises a day of fun, food, art and a whole lot of history.
Entering its 10th year, RoeblingFest takes place Saturday on Park Avenue and Court Street.
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The two-lane bridge between Covington and Cincinnati first opened to traffic Jan. 1, 1867. Its central span of 1,057 feet was the longest in the world at the time.
Even though the event it being held in Covington, Dan Bell, marketing manager for event sponsor Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell, said its important to recognize all that the bridge is important to the communities on both sides of the Ohio River.
"This iconic landmark, so rich in history, is something that Northern Kentuckians, Cincinnatians and visitors from everywhere enjoy each day,” said Bell, whose dealership will sell chances to win the use of a Mercedes-Benz for a month.
The car dealership and The Mercedes-Benz Club (Cincinnati Chapter) are coordinating a convoy of various car models that will drive the streets of Covington and Cincinnati and finishing by crossing over the Roebling Bridge.
The convoy is a historic connection to the legacy of bridge, which sees more than 8,000 vehicles travel across it each day.
History buffs can also browse displays of iconic photographs and artifacts from organizations such as the Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee (CCSBC), the Kenton County Public Library and the Behringer-Crawford Museum.
An Abraham Lincoln impersonator will be in attendance reciting some of the things he saw during his time. The Forget-Me-Not’s, a historical performance company, will showcase period dances in the streets.
The Covington Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee will be conducting tours of the Roebling Bridge.
Tours of the Covington Mural Wall, the statues and architecture scattered along Riverside Drive and the home of Daniel Carter Beard, the founder of the Boy Scouts, will also take place.
The proceeds will go toward the upgrading of the decorative lighting of the National Landmark.
While history is a focal point of the event, it's not the only thing going on at RoeblingFest.
Attendees can nibble on their favorite local offerings from eateries Blinkers, Keystone Bar & Grill and Molly Malone’s or try various beer from nearby breweries.
Entertainment options include a full day of live music, featuring artists including Mandy Watts, Sternwheelers, DJ Margaret Darling, Freeze Kitten will lead up to the evening acts of the Danny Nail Trio and 1969 Band.
More of a creative soul? Browse an art show and sale by local artists.
here 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 noon to 3 p.m.
The event benefits and is presented by the nonprofits CCSBC, the Roebling Point Business Association and Renaissance Covington.
Free parking will be available in the Yoke Lot, along Greenup Street just north of Third Street, or in the Midtown garage at Scott and Fifth streets.