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Welcome to Tama's 33rd annual Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival

Two Days of events

May 19, 2017
Special ot The News-Herald , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald


Plans for the 33rd Annual Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival are in place with the celebration taking place today- Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20. The event is sponsored by the Tama-Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce.

Head downtown today where the carnival and food vendors will be open and operating next to the Tama Civic Center. An Ice Cream social benefitting the South Tama Baseball Club is being held at the Civic Center from 5 to 8. A wine and cheese tasting will be held at the Tama/Toledo Eagles Club starting at 4 and stop in shop at the vendor fair which will be taking place in the City Council Chambers from 5 to 7.

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Free entertainment will be happening in the ambulance bay all evening on Friday the 19th with the Tri County Community band kicking it off at 6:00, the Harding Street Singers at 7:45, and the South Tama County Jazz Band will wrap up the night with a performance at 8:30.

The Tama Citizen of the Year award will be presented by the Tama Firefighters at 7 p.m. on Friday. This year, in addition to the 2017 award the Firefighters are honoring all the recipients of the Citizen of the Year award for the past 35 years! Don't miss this special event!

Saturday, May 21st kicks off with a pancake breakfast put on by the Tama Fire Department in the fire station. Pancakes will be served from 7-10 a.m. for a free will donation. Stop in also at the Tama Toledo Eagles Club for a bloody mary bar starting at 8 a.m.

The 5K Run / Walk, sponsored by the STC Activity Boosters starts at 7:30 a.m. at Tama Toledo ACE Hardware, 419 State Street Tama. Please consider participating in this event as all proceeds go to support activities at STC. For more information contact Allison or Darvin Graham at 641-781-0743.

The annual parade will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, running a route starting at 5th and Siegel, going south to 3rd St, east on 3rd to Harmon, then north on Harmon to 4th St., finishing up at 4th and McClellan. Bands, Shriner's and local business' come out in force to provide this excellent parade for the community. If you would like to be involved in the parade, please contact Byron Witt at 641-751-4830. In addition, Cat Trax productions will be announcing the parade this year and will be broadcasting the event on 94.5 FM! Kix 101.1 will also provide a live remote during the festival from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

After the parade be sure and stop by and say hi to Jay Schmidt and the 19J race car which will be displayed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also stop in at the St. John Lutheran Church Bake sale in the Civic Center starting at 9 a.m. until everything is sold!

The free entertainment in front of the Tama Civic Center kicks off at 12:00 noon with the group Scrap Metal from the 34th Army band in Fairfield Iowa. Following Scrap Metal, world champion ragtime piano player Marty Mincer will take the stage at 1:00. The final entertainment act, the James Longerbone Band will perform at 2. This group is made up of local musicians and will be sure to be entertaining!

If you want to take a break from the entertainment, the vendor fair will be going on again in the Council Chambers from 11:00 to 2:00, and there will be a bean bag tournament at the Tama/Toledo Eagles club at 2:00 PM. In addition a new event, a Family photo booth will be available from noon - 2 p.m. sponsored by the Community Clothes Closet and Claire Mayo Photography. Come get a fun shot of the family!

Tons of free kid's activities are also on the schedule! The Blank Children's Hospital's Fire Safety House will be operating from 12:00 to 4:00. Tom Terrific, a balloon artist will be strolling the grounds around the Civic Center from 11:00 to 3:00, making his balloon creations available. Barb Jacobs will be on the Civic Center grounds from 12:00 to 4:00 drawing caricatures. The Grout Museum will bring a bubble activity for the kids from 12:00 to 3:00 and the kids Water fights will be held on Siegel Street in front of the Library at 1:00. We will wrap up kids events with the popular Sandhill nickel scramble at 4:00 p.m.

If you have any questions or comments about entertainment, please contact Sue Carnahan at 641-484-4620 or 515-971-7488. You can also check out the festivals Facebook page, Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival and 5K Run for more details on events and happenings.

The Tama Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the Tama/ Toledo community for supporting the festival for the past 33 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 th



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