Bogert’s Covered Bridge Festival – June 12, 2016


June 12, 2016 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Join Friends of the Allentown Parks in celebrating the 175th anniversary of Allentown’s only remaining covered bridge located in beautiful Lehigh Parkway. Dust off your 1800s garb and step back into time with Lehigh County historian Frank Whelan, mingle with character actors such as presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant, enjoy music by the Antebellum Marine Band (Gettysburg), artists including Jonathan Bond (Kempton, PA), learn about hex signs (Eric Claypoole, Lenhartsville, PA), visit with transportation buffs whether it’s model trains or the Lehigh Canal (Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor), hear about conservation activities – birds, bats, water and much more.
Bogert’s Covered Bridge is located in the area of 1325 Oxford Dr., however, PARKING IS NOT AVAILABLE ON-SITE. Free shuttle bus services will be provided from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Visitors are asked to park at one of the following Allentown park locations and take a shuttle bus to the event:
Percy Ruhe Park – 1519 Oxford Drive,Allentown
Li’l-Le-Hi Trout Nursery – 2901 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown
Opening ceremony begins at 12:00 p.m. at the bridge entrance with a welcome by local actor George Miller portraying Mr. Johannes Bogert, Sr., gentleman who hired Solomon Butz to build Bogert’s Covered Bridge in 1841.
A short list of exhibitors includes:
  • National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges
  • Theordore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania
  • Alvin H. Butz, Inc.
  • Liberty Bell Museum/Zion UCC
  • Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church
  • P. Joseph Lehman Inc.
  • Eight Oaks Craft Distillers
  • Children’s games from the 1800s
  • …and lots more
Music by:
  • Antebellum Marine Band (Gettysburg)
  • Cracked Walnuts (Mt. Bethel)
  • Allentown Band (est. 1828)
Special book signing by Kathy M. Miller, award-winning photographer and author of the “Chippy Chipmunk” series of books.
For additional schedule, exhibitor and auction details please visit or on Facebook – Bogert’s Covered Bridge Festival & Restoration.
Friends of the Allentown is an independent § 501 (c) (3) organization which works to increase use and enjoyment of Allentown’s parks, foster stewardship of the environment and city parks, improve park assets, provide volunteer opportunities, and promote recreation programs and outdoor learning.

Information Provided By:
Karen El-Chaar, Executive Director
Friends of the Allentown Parks