The community should thank all the volunteers, vendors and visitors concerning the Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Sale Days.
Bright and early Thursday morning, Toledo Mayor Svoboda began the annual celebration with a flag raising and Pledge of Allegiance at the Lincoln Highway Bridge Park. This signaled the start of the sale at 8 a.m.
Fifteen vendors have committed to sell food, sell goods, and provide 3 days of entertainment. Everyone should attend and thank these dedicated individuals for their efforts in making these great days in Tama-Toledo.
Eighty signs will mark the original Lincoln Highway Route through our community.
Visiting the community from the East will begin with the campground at King Tower for anyone wishing to stay over. The historic Cabin behind King Tower will be available for tours and remembering the past.
The VFW to the West of the Tower will be open during their regular hours for refreshments and Friday entertainment.
The center piece and focus will be the LINCOLN HIGHWAY Bridge Park and the many sales and food venders. Greeted by clowns and music you shall have the opportunity to experience a community effort to raise money for their own non profit groups.
Hopefully, more individuals and groups will empty their garages and closets and bring items to sell along the highway. The Lincoln Highway beautification group is raising money to support the upgrading of the park. Good sales items are being accepted and participation is key to the total success.
Sales will be set all along 5th Street in Tama, with vendors setting up in the parking lot at Ace Hardware. Each day should bring additional excitement and opportunities to join in a total community gathering.
Remembering days of old in how the Lincoln Highway brought many new travelers into the community as they traversed the nation. These Buy-Way days are the annual economic stimulus to creating a historical trip along the highway. The vision presented by the founders of the Lincoln Highway 100 years ago, is being translated into this new vision of hope and community involvement in a worthwhile attempt to showcase the Lincoln Highway. The highway and the sites along the way is our museum.
Continuing to follow the signs through Tama will allow everyone to see the buildings and stop to shop where everyone has a table and open house.
As Mark Twain would describe in his writings, we have Prize winning Black Angus Beef exhibited along the way, we could only hope, we have all the Churches collecting goods to sell and raise funds for God's work, we shall believe, we have the youth and athletic groups participating and raising funds for their projects, we must support as adults and we have the old timers filling their pickups and car trunks with items to trade and show, we do thank. The dream to come alive, only requires an imagination, a little effort, and support with your time. This is our chance to be part of a long range vision to enhance our community, join together with one, two, or more hours of effort to allow everyone to grow together.
Counting the current volunteer efforts of an estimated 400 hours of work, the $4,000 of money and goods contributed, and the spin off effect, nearly $100,000 of economic benefit has already been accounted on the books. Let us all go forward, count this volunteer effort for the good of the community and strive for the $1 million uplifting to the local and national economy.
Allan M. Richards