Ribbon cutting at Cedar Covered Bridge

The replica of the Cedar Bridge was re-dedicated at a ribbon cutting ceremony held at the bridge on the first evening of the Covered Bridge Festival, the 50th celebration of the local event. Mayor Jim Olson (far left) and Madison County Supervisor Phil Clifton (far right) held the red ribbon tight as Carol Bass, a member of the Covered Bridge Preservation Commission, made the ceremonial cut under the watchful eye of the Festival King and Queen, Rich Mills and Mayumi Ameku, and their dog Bella. Madison County Chamber of Commerce Director Heather Riley (pictured between Bass and Clifton) was joined by Chris Kramer, Director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs; Jacque Matsen, Communications Director for the Iowa Economic Development Authority; and State Representative Stan Gustafson for the momentous occasion, as was a large crowd of attendees.