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Get ready for Tama’s 34th annual Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival

May 14, 2018
Sepcial to The News-Herald , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Plans for the 34th Annual Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival are underway with the celebration taking place this year on May 18th and 19th.

A bonus event, "Pizza with Police" is taking place on Thursday, May 17, from 5-7 the Tama Civic Center. This event is a chance to enjoy free pizza with local law enforcement and is sponsored by Tama County SKIP.

Head downtown on Friday, May 18, where the carnival and food vendors will be open and operating next to the Tama Civic Center. An ice cream social benefiting the South Tama Baseball Club is being held at the Civic Center from 5 to 8 p.m. A wine and cheese tasting will be held at the Tama/Toledo Eagles Club starting at 5 p.m.

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Friday Night

Don't miss the free entertainment in the ambulance bay all evening on Friday the 18 with the Tri-County Community band kicking it off at 6 p.m. The Tama Citizen of the Year award will be presented by the Tama Firefighters at 7 p.m. and then the Harding Street Singers will entertain you starting at 7:30. The night wraps up with a performance from the South Tama County Middle School and High School Jazz Bands staring at 8.

Put on your dancing shoes and head to "The Pump" on 3rd Street. They will be celebrating their grand opening on Friday, May 18 by bringing back the street dance and live music. "Hold For Swank" will kick off the music at 6 p.m. with "Monkeyfinger" following them up at 7:30 p.m.


Saturday events will be kicked off with the 5K run/walk, sponsored by the STC Activity Boosters. Early registration starts at 7 a.m. on Saturday May 19, and the race starts at 8 a.m. from Tama Toledo ACE Hardware-419 State Street, Tama. Please consider participating in this event as all proceeds go to support activities at STC.

Don't miss the annual pancake breakfast put on by the Tama Fire Department in the fire station! Pancakes will be served from 7-9:30 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.

Also, stop in at the St. John Lutheran Church Bake sale in the Civic Center starting at 9 a.m.


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.

Kix 101.1 will provide a live remote during the festival from 10 a.m. -noon.

Saturday Entertainment

The free entertainment in front of the Tama Civic Center kicks off at noon with a performance from students from Gail's Academy of Dance, followed by the Grout Museum presenting "Creepy Crawlies" at 1 p.m. which will be fun for all ages.

At 2 p.m. the popular drumming group "Sheltered Reality" will perform and wrapping up the entertainment will be a performance by a local group, "My Fellow Americans" at 3 p.m.

If you want to take a break from the entertainment there will be a bean bag tournament at the Tama-Toledo Eagles Club starting at 2 p.m. Registration for this tournament starts right after the parade.

Fun For Kids

Free kid's activities are also on the schedule! Tom Terrific, a balloon artist, will be strolling the grounds around the Civic Center from 11a.m. - 3 p.m. - making his balloon creations available.

Barb Jacobs will be on the Civic Center grounds from noon to 4 p.m. drawing caricatures. Kid's water fights will be held on Siegel Street in front of the Library at 1 p.m. We will wrap up kids events with the popular Sandhill nickel scramble at 4 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.

Appreciate Support

The Tama Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the Tama-Toledo community and our local businesses for supporting the festival for the past 34 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.



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