A late afternoon parade on Saturday (June 23) marked the conclusion of this year’s Covered Bridge Days Festival in Centreville, a celebration focused in the downtown area and on the front lawn of the Historic St. Joseph County Courthouse.
Among the parade participants was 81-year-old Lewis Shears, Jr., 2012 Citizen of the Year.
The parade lineup also reflected the fact that this is an important election year with participation by a number of the candidates for Probate Judge and District Judge as well as incumbent County Commissioner Rick Shaffer and challenger Barry Miller. Shaffer and Miller are competing in the August 7th primary election for the Republican nomination for St. Joseph County Commissioner from the Third District which includes Lockport, Nottawa, Florence and Sherman Townships in the Centreville area.
Saturday’s schedule featured a variety of activities including a Classic Car Show, Antique Tractor Show, and music by Spike and the Bulldogs.
A highlight of this year’s festival, which marked the 125th anniversary of the Langley Covered Bridge over the St. Joseph River, was the unveiling on Saturday of an 8-foot by 12-foot mural reflecting Centreville history, including the bridge and Thomas W. Langley, who founded the community in 1831.