County bustled with energy this weekend
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already preparing for next year's Route 66 Garage Sale
[June 11, 2007]
What a terrific weekend to be in
Logan County. There was the three-day Atlanta Spring Festival with
ample amounts of hot dogs, carnival rides, eats and musical
entertainment. There was Broadwell's sesquicentennial celebration
with state Sen. Larry Bomke and state Rep. Rich Brauer in attendance
and Ernie Edwards' birthday tribute and a 50-pound birthday cake and
many other activities.
Moderate temperatures and mild breezes undoubtedly helped make the
weekend events and the first Route 66 Garage Sale a success.
Geoff Ladd of Abraham Lincoln Tourism of Logan County said, "This
is a success story for participants, the families that held garage
sales, area restaurants and businesses. Everyone, including the
vendors, did well." Vendor surveys indicated they were happy.
There was an overall economic impact on the communities, Ladd
said. McDonald's reported that business was substantially up.
While it was meant to be a fundraiser for Saving The Mill, the
organizers are happy that it looks as though they may break even. It
did bring attention to The Mill, Ladd said. Also, it was a good
event to involve Lincoln and other communities in the county.
Possible changes for next year might be to start on Friday and
tune it down on Sunday, Ladd said.
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The big stumbling block for restoration of The Mill has been
removed. Finding a contractor for asbestos abatement at an
affordable rate has been difficult, and the last one pulled out
before the starting when he secured a better-paying job.
A like-business owner of the Arcade on Route 66 in Springfield
came to the rescue. That business owner also owns Parkland
Environmental Group and has just finished removing the asbestos from
This clears the way for demolition of a portion of the building.
That is about to start, Ladd said.
Helpful in The Mill's restoration progress has been the loan from
the Regions Bank.
Ladd said that a variety of really nice postcards created by
Classic Craft are available for purchase at the tourism office.
Also, as another fundraiser, Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire is
doing a special pen-and-ink that will either be available as a
postcard or poster.