Pisgah Bridge Festival

Several weeks ago you read about the destruction of the Pisgah Covered Bridge in southern Randolph County .  Today, there is good news to report.  In fact, there may even be a way for you to come out and help support the restoration of the historical bridge.

            Citizens of the Pisgah community, home of the bridge, are organizing a Pisgah Bridge Festival to be held Saturday, November 15th.  The festival will amass a group of local artists, potters and craftsmen to display their respective skills.  The products of their skills when then be made available for purchase to help raise funds for the bridge restoration.  The current plans call for the skilled workers to be in action from 9 in the morning until 5 o’clock that afternoon.  Local church groups will be providing barbeque plates from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.   The afternoon will feature three important events.  First, the “Down From the Mountain Boys”, a local bluegrass band will be providing music from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.   At that time there will be an auction featuring a wide array of local art and pottery.  Finally, a day long raffle will conclude with the drawing of three winners.  Each winner will receive one of the following prizes: a hand-woven quilt, a watercolor painting of the bridge framed in wood taken from the original structure, or pottery donated by Covered Bridge Pottery.  All proceeds will go directly towards the efforts to restore the Pisgah Covered Bridge . 

            To date, over half of the necessary money has been raised.  The majority of those funds have been raised through governmental grants and corporate donations.  Organizers hope that individuals from the community level will be able to raise the majority of the remaining funds.  If successful, and provided with decent weather, the bridge may be back open to the public as soon as next Easter.  That includes the reconstructed bridge, walking trail and picnic facilities.  If you’re able, please try to come by the Pisgah Community Center for the festivities on November 15th.  If nothing else, just stop by and pick up a plate of delicious barbeque.  If you do you’ll be able to tell your children and grandchildren that you helped the community rebuild this historical treasure back when heavy flooding threatened to destroy it forever.