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The Roebling Festival to be held in Covington, June 22 Print E-mail

RoeblingFest 2013 will be held on Saturday, June 22 at Roebling Point in Covington. Tours of the John A. Roebling Bridge have been the focus of the festival since its inception in 2004.

Tours of the Roebling Murals on the Covington floodwall, tours of the statues along Riverside Drive -- including a visit to the Dan Beard home, and a new Roebling Heritage Sites tour led by historian and author Don Heidrich Tolzmann will also be available at RoeblingFest.

The tours are provided by the Covington - Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee, the citizen's group responsible for the decorative lighting of the bridge and the flags flying atop the towers.  Tour tickets will be available for purchase at the group's history tent. Any profits will go toward enhancement of the bridge -- with current emphasis on the upgraded lighting system.

The John A. Roebling Bridge was the proto-type for the more famous Brooklyn Bridge.  At its completion in 1867 it was the world's longest bridge span.  The structure is a National Historic Landmark and a National Civil Engineering Landmark.  The bridge tour highlights historic facts and structural features of this iconic span.

The Roebling Murals tour will be led by Karl Lietzenmayer, editor of Northern Kentucky Heritage magazine, who gave advice and guidance to the artist during the creation of these artworks.  The artist was Robert Dafford, and the project was promoted by Legacy, the young-professionals group established by Forward Quest.

The Riverwalk Statues tour points out the roles played by the various individuals in the history of our area. The statues depict Roebling, Simon Kenton, Mary Greene, James Bradley, Chief Little Turtle, John James Audubon, and Daniel Carter Beard.  The tour ends with a visit to the Dan Beard home -- the other National Historic Landmark in Kenton County.  Beard was one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America.

The tours will begin at noon.  There will be only two tours of the Roebling Murals -- at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. There will be only one Roebling Heritage Sites tour beginning at 2 p.m. Each tour lasts from 45 minutes to an hour. All tour tickets are $5 per person, or $20 per family. Those ten and younger are free.

RoeblingFest is a celebration of our local art, architecture, history, and engineering.

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