The Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) will be joined by the Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) at the Fallasburg Fall Festival of the Arts on Saturday & Sunday, September 18 & 19, 10AM-5PM, on the South Porch of the Fallasburg Park Pavilion. We’ll be celebrating the 150TH Anniversary of the Fallasburg Covered Bridge, 1871 – 2021.
To commemorate this sesquicentennial milestone, both organizations, FHS, and KCRC, have collaborated to create activities and memorabilia as well as share pictures and artifacts that pay tribute to this iconic structure, arguably one of the most visited and photographed landmarks in Kent County.
KCRC, on Fridays in September, will feature on their social media websites “Fun Facts” about the Fallasburg Covered Bridge, a “Trivial Pursuit” of everything you ever wanted to know from behind the scenes about the bridge. On Fallasburg Fall Festival of the Arts weekend, KCRC will be announcing their “Fall Color Tour.” The color tour is a collection of different routes one can choose that guide color tour enthusiasts on a variety of roads in Kent County to soak it all in at their own pace. This year, one of the routes will include a visit to the Fallasburg Covered Bridge and Historic Fallasburg Village. Don’t forget to sing Happy Birthday when you go! Additionally, KCRC staff will be on hand at Festival with pictures and information about the monumental bridge rebuilding in the 1990’s, and the nuts and bolts (literally) that are necessary to keep the bridge open to automobile traffic to this day.
The Fallasburg Historical Society will be making their 53RD appearance at the 53RD Fallasburg Fall Festival of the Arts and have reprinted and newly minted a couple nuggets that date back to the Fallasburg Covered Bridge Centennial Celebration in 1971 that will be for sale. The reprinting is of the “Fallasburg Centennial Cookbook”. The cookbook is an assortment of recipes contributed by members of the community in and around Fallasburg that reflect what Ellura Frost McPherson describes as “used many, many years ago by our ancestors” in her dedication of the book. You’ll find recipes from the likes of Tower, Richmond, Rogers, Fallas, and Ford, just to name a few. The cookbook has generated many a chuckle when leafing through the pages.
My late Grandmother, Mrs. C. A. Bradshaw, Stella, holds the distinction of the prize-winning recipe of 1970, “Vinegar Pie”, a favorite of Lumbermen for many years so she claimed. “Ghastly, is what it looks like me to me.” “I can’t imagine eating such a thing”. “There’s no accounting for taste, I guess.” Food, is not the only topic of the cookbook. There are recipes for “Grandpa’s Salve”, “Hand Lotion”, and even a remedy for “Inflammatory Rheumatism”.
The new minting is of a “Fallasburg Covered Bridge Centennial” coin from 1971. The original has been updated a now features not only a rendering of the bridge on both sides of the coin, but has an automobile emerging from the portal on one of the sides, a Buick in keeping with our car manufacturing heritage here in Michigan. The first coin was introduced in conjunction with the placement of a bronze marker from the State of Michigan Historic Preservation Program indicating the bridge’s inclusion in the State and National Register of Historic Places.
Covered Bridge aficionados, Fallasburg Villagers past and present, and local history buffs will all appreciate this collectable trinket
Please make plans to visit the Fallasburg Historical Society and the Kent County Road Commission at the Fallasburg Fall Festival of the Arts on the South Porch of the Fallasburg Park Pavilion and help us start the party for our beloved Fallasburg Covered Bridge. Browse our respective collections of pictures and memorabilia and shop our commemorative merchandise. Then, take a step back in time and venture just across the Historic Covered Bridge from Fallasburg Park and visit the Fallasburg Schoolhouse, with free admission both weekend days.
About the feature photo: The Covered Bridge Centennial Celebration with marker placement ceremony in 1972. Pictured from left to right: Elma Roth, Fred Roth, Leonora Tower, Marian Yates, Ed Mueller.
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