The 32nd Annual Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival gets underway with the celebration taking place this year on Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21. A full slate of events is being planned that ensures something for everybody!
On, Friday, welcome back the Firemen’s Carnival- Merriams Midway Shows - for its 58th annual run in Tama.
Be sure and stop by the Ice Cream Social that will be held in the Tama Civic Center from 5 to 7 p.m. sponsored by the Living Faith United Methodist Church Women.
You can also enjoy free entertainment in the ambulance bay all evening with the Tri-County Community band performing from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the Harding Street Singers at about 7:30, wrapping up with the STC Jazz Band at about 8:15.
Don’t miss the Tama Citizen of the Year award that will be presented by the Tama Firefighters at 7 p.m. while the community band takes a break.
Saturday promises another full day of activities kicking off with a pancake breakfast put on by the Tama Fire Department.
Pancakes will be served from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and will only cost you a free will donation. After breakfast you can participate in the 5K run starting at the STC Elementary School at 8 a.m. The contact person for the 5K is Amy Ridout. Call her at 641-484-3984 to pre-register, or you can pick up a registration form at Willett and Rathjen’s office, downtown Tama.
The Carnival and food vendors will be in place all day on Saturday for everyone’s enjoyment. Don’t forget the annual parade that will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, running the same route it has for the past several years. Bands, Shriner’s and local businesses come out in force to provide this excellent parade for the community. If you would like to be involved in the parade, Byron Witt is the parade chair and he can be reached at 641-751-4830.
Free entertainment will run throughout the day on Saturday on the lawn in front of the Tama Civic Center. First up will be the Just for Kix Dance Studio from right here in Tama/Toledo. They will perform from 11:30 to 12:30. An exciting new contest with your pets is set for 12:30 to 1:30. (See accompanying story.)
At 1:30 the Mirage Middle Eastern Dance Troupe will provide entertainment with their belly dancing and possibly a chance to participate in some dancing with them if the spirit moves you. Then at 2:30 the drumming group Sheltered Reality will preform on Siegel St. in front of the Civic Center. Sheltered Reality’s choreographed drumming provides fun and invigorating entertainment and is touted as “Music with Meaning”. Don’t miss their energy packed performance.
Then we will wrap up the free entertainment at 3:30 p.m. when the Toledo Christian ATA group will provide a Tae Kwon Do demonstration.
After its popularity last year we are bringing back the Blank Children’s Hospital Fire Safety House. The Fire Safety House provides hands on learning that prepares children for the unexpected and frightening experiences of a fire. The house will be manned by our local Firefighters from both Tama and Toledo, and will be a great educational opportunity for kids. Parents must sign a release for the kids to go through the house so please come down with your kids to share this unique experience with them.
If you are looking to take a break from the entertainment take a walk up Siegel street to the Turtle Races that are being sponsored by the Toledo-Tama Kiwanis Club. The races are being held in front of the library. Also, the Tama Eagles Club will be holding a bean bag toss tournament and cook out in front of their building on 3rd street.
In addition to the free entertainment lineup and of course the carnival, there are tons of free activities for the kids. Tom Terrific, a balloon artist from Oskaloosa will be strolling the grounds around the Civic Center from 11:30 to 3:30, making his balloon creations available. Barb Jacobs, a Caricature artist from Cedar Rapids will be on the Civic Center grounds from 12:00 to 4:00 drawing caricatures for you to take home and enjoy. Mel Shivvers from Des Moines will provide Children’s Creative Activities from 12:00 to 4:00. Mel has been at the festival in the past and provides various building materials for children to construct and take home any project they can imagine. The full day of entertainment will be wrapped up with the Sandhill nickel scramble at 3:30 p.m.
If you have any questions or comments please contact Sue Carnahan at 641-484-4620.
The Tama Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce expresses the members’ appreciation to the Tama-Toledo area for supporting the festival for the past 32 years, and would like to ask for its continued support in the future.
The Chamber works very hard to provide this festival for the community and to keep most of it free-of-charge. Please thank a Chamber Member when you see them for their support of the Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival and all the community events that they provide.
News-Herald file/John Speer
TO GO INFO:
What: 32nd annual Tama Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival
When: Friday & Saturday, May 20 & 21
Where: Downtown Tama