Plans for the 30th Annual Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival have taken shape with the celebration taking place next Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17. New events combined with old favorites will provide something for everyone!
On Friday, May 16, welcome back the carnival and food vendors to the Tama Civic Center area. An Ice Cream social by the South Tama Baseball Club is being held at the Civic Center from 5 to 8 p.m.. A vendor fair will also be taking place in the City Council Chambers from 5 to 7 p.m.
Free entertainment will also be in the ambulance bay in the Tama Civic Center, 3025 Siegel, all evening on Friday with the Tri County Community band performing at 6:30 p.m., the Harding Street Singers at 7:30 and the South Tama County Jazz Band will wrap up the night, performing at 8:15.
Don't miss the Tama Citizen of the Year award that will be presented by the Tama Firefighters at 7 p.m., and the Cherry Lake Photo Contest Winner will also be announced at that time.
Saturday, May 17, kicks off with a pancake breakfast put on by the Tama Fire Department. Pancakes will be served from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the Fire station and the cost is a free will donation.
The 5K is being organized by the STC Activity Boosters this year, and it starts at 8 a.m. at the South Tama elementary parking lot, 1611 Country Club Dr.
Any questions can be directed to Adam Andersen at 641 484-3163/641-691-5956 or Jill Bacon at 641-485-5150.
The annual parade will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, running a route starting at 5th and Siegel, going south to 3rd Street, east on 3rd to Harmon, then north on Harmon to 4th Street, finishing up at 4th and McClellan. 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.
The free entertainment in front of the Civic Center kicks off at noon with hypnotist Tom Thompson, to be followed by The Pella Wildlife Group providing an animal program at 2 p.m. Then at 3 p.m. the popular drumming group Sheltered Reality will be performing.
If you want to take a break from the entertainment, the vendor fair will be going on again in the Council Chambers from 111:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. and there will be a bean bag tournament at the Tama Eagles Club on 3rd St. starting after the parade.
A new event this year, a'*Monster Arm Wrestling Tournament" will be held on 3rd Street. Weigh-Ins run from 1-2 p.m. with the tournament starting at 2. Come and join the fun! In addition local stock car racer Jay Schmidt will showcase his car on 3rd St. from 11:30 to 1 for people to see and take pictures with.
There's tons of free kids activities this year! Tom Terrific, a balloon artist will be strolling the grounds around the Civic Center from 11:30 to 3:30, making his balloon creations available. Barb Jacobs will be on the Civic Center grounds from 12:00 to 4:00 drawing caricatures, and Lizzy Dvorksy, a face painter will be on hand from 12 to 4. There will be children's water fights on Siegel St. at 1.
Two new events for kids will be the STC Game Squad providing a chance for kids to play some of the newest video games in the Lincoln Savings Bank basement from 12:30 to 4 , and the Iowa DNR with a booth that lets kids color their own water safety T- Shirts.
We will wrap up with the popular Sandhill nickel scramble at 4:00 p.m.
To thank the community for making the festival great we are also adding a Saturday night event this year. There will be a free outdoor family movie in the Tama Park on McClellan St. Disney's Frozen will start at approx. 8:30 on Saturday night. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. You are encouraged to bring your own favorite (non-alcoholic) beverage and snacks, but free popcorn will be provided!
If you have any questions or comments please contact Sue Carnahan at 641-484-4620.
The Tama Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the Tama / Toledo community for supporting the festival for the past 30 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.