Frankenmuth's Labor Day 'Bridge Walk' returns
Annual tradition started in 1986; this year marks 35th bridge walk
By: Bavarian Inn
Since 1986, hundreds of Frankenmuth residents and guests have come together for the Annual Bavarian Inn Wooden Covered Bridge (Holz Brücke) Labor Day Walk. This year it will take place at noon on Monday, September 6.
The bridge, originally built in 1980 and restored five years ago, was made with timbers from Oregon, locally sourced shingles for its roof and 16-foot planks that form the roadway.
This year's event will once again begin on the east side of the 239-foot structure, which spans the Cass River between the Bavarian Inn Lodge (http://www.bavarianinn.com)
Today, Bavarian Inn President Bill Zehnder still recalls the vision of Al and Louise Schneider, a Frankenmuth couple who helped start the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk tradition.
"One day they were talking at home and thought out loud about the idea of bringing that spirit right here at home in Frankenmuth,"