Main Streets look a little different this year, but Main Street organizations continue to spread local spirit. Through closures, re-openings and the uncertainty still to come, Main Street groups keep the community connected. They share updates on the changes happening downtown and raise awareness for local businesses that need support. In Indiana, MainStreet Rockville is also keeping an eye on a valued local tradition.
Located due west of Indianapolis, Rockville, Indiana, is a small town with approximately 2,500 residents. In addition to its small-town charm and its historic downtown, Rockville is known for its location in Parke County, which is considered the Covered Bridge Capital of the World. Although it has just six incorporated towns, the county is home to more than 30 covered bridges. It’s also home to the annual Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, a 10-day, annual event to showcase the community’s history and landscape.
MainStreet Rockville supports local businesses and organizations in Rockville and throughout Parke County. The group maintains an online directory of places to eat, shop, stay and visit in and around Rockville. These spots range from antique stores and boutiques to orchards and wineries. Of course, they also pay homage to the community’s main attractions with spots like the Covered Bridge Art Gallery and the Covered Bridge Motel.
This year, MainStreet Rockville has used social media to share updates from its member businesses. As businesses have changed their operating hours, added to-go and curbside-pickup options and adjusted their menus or inventories, Main Street Rockville has helped amplify those updates to the community by sharing their messages on social media. Now, as the community awaits the highly anticipated Covered Bridge Festival, Main Street Rockville has also worked to share updates on the beloved annual tradition.
The festival takes place each year in October. This year’s festival is tentatively scheduled for October 9-18, 2020. The county expects to make an official decision regarding the status of this year’s event in August. Main Street Rockville has consistently shared updates with the community throughout the pandemic and will likely continue these efforts as the county reaches a decision.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed how virtually all businesses—large or small—operate on a daily basis. As conditions and protocols continue to change, Main Street groups like Main Street Rockville provide an important link between the community, its local businesses and its annual traditions.
For more information about MainStreet Rockville, visit www.mainstreetrockville.com.