RoeblingFest 2013 takes place on Saturday, June 22. The day-long celebration honors the John A. Roebling Bridge, the bridge's history and the people the bridge connects. This National Historic Landmark is located in Covington, and RoeblingFest takes place a block from the bridge on Park Place between Scott and Greenup Streets, and on Court Street between 3rd and 4th Streets.
History is a focus of the event, with guided tours of the bridge, Riverside Drive architecture and statues, the Covington floodwall murals and the Daniel Carter Beard House. History fans can browse displays of historic photographs and artifacts by the Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee, the Kenton County Public Library, the Behringer-Crawford Museum, and others. Silent auction and raffles for Trips to the Top of the John A. Roebling Bridge and sales of limited-edition Roebling Bridge prints and other bridge merchandise will help pay to upgrade the bridge's decorative lighting.
In conjunction with RoeblingFest, join to be a part of the “Hands Across the Roebling Suspension Bridge” aerial photo. At 2 p.m., people will join hands from Covington to Cincinnati across the west side pedestrian walkway of the bridge and a photographer will capture the hands from Covington to Cincinnati on the scenic bridge.
RoeblingFest also features a full day of live music headlined by 500 Miles to Memphis, which fuses country, punk, and alternative music. With roots in the Cincinnati area, they bring to the stage an adrenaline-filled show sure to please fans of several genres.
Other acts will include Sugarman and popular local bands the Black Owls, Day Camp, Groovemilk, and more. The annual scavenger hunt and challenge race known as Covington Quest will start and end at RoeblingFest, with awards to be given at 5:30 p.m.
Local restaurants such as Keystone, Molly Malone’s, Down Under and Blinker’s will serve their most popular dishes, and Christian Moerlein and Hudepohl will be the featured brews (soft drinks will also be available).
Visitors can also browse an art show and sale by local artists. There will be a dunking booth in which the targets will be local celebrities and politicians, as well as children’s activities.
The event benefits and is presented by the nonprofit Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee, the Roebling Point Business Association, and Renaissance Covington. RoeblingFest supporters include Kerry Toyota/Scion, Southbank Shuttle Trolley and Christian Moerlein.
For the latest on RoeblingFest, visit RoeblingFest on Facebook or go to www.roeblingbridge.org.