Ripson Bridge Festival

Ripson Bridge

The 28th annual Ripson Bridge Festival will take place Sunday in downtown Sorento.

It will be the second straight year the festival has not been held at the bridge site, southeast of Sorento.

The Sorento Homecoming Association sponsors the event. Jewel Tipsword, association spokesperson, said Sunday’s festival will begin at 10 AM Sunday on Main Street in Sorento. A church service will open the program. Many craft and food vendors will be on hand. Activities include a petting zoo, a bounce house, and pony rides. There is parking at the school, but there won’t be a shuttle this year.

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Tipsword said the bridge grounds are not usable this year because high water in Shoal Creek led to sand building up at the site.

Proceeds from the festival are used for the upkeep of Ripson Bridge, built in 1895. It is one of the few pony truss bridges remaining in Illinois.

Ripson Bridge was designated a local and county historical site in 1988.

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