your garage sale fix on Route 66
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[May 18, 2007]
"37 Miles of
Smiles" is how Route 66 of Logan County Garage Sale event founder
Bruce Huskins describes the upcoming two-day garage sale
extravaganza June 9-10 along the 37-mile stretch of Route 66 in
central Illinois that includes Atlanta, Lawndale, Lincoln, Broadwell
Huskins, a Lincoln resident, brought the idea to the newly formed
Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County so that the proceeds
could go back into preservation and promotion of historic sites
along Route 66 in the county. The primary projects funded from this
year's proceeds will be the restoration project at the historic
Mill restaurant site in
Lincoln and the placement of a marker tribute at the recently
burned-down site of the Pig Hip
Museum at Broadwell. Money raised from the event in the other
participating communities will help fund future Route 66 projects in
those communities as well.
All the participating communities will
have townwide garage sales, but in Lincoln the emphasis will be on
garage sales at residences along the four different alignments of
Route 66 and at special Route 66 vendor locations located on Route
66 (watch for the "Route 66 Garage Sale" signs). The vendor
locations are the Information Station, corner of Lincoln Parkway and
Fifth Street; the Abe Lincoln wagon site, corner of Lincoln Parkway
and Woodlawn Road; Postville Park, Fifth Street; the Logan County
Courthouse lawn, downtown Lincoln; McDonald's, Lincoln Parkway;
McEntire's Roofing, 1909 N. Kickapoo St.; and Latham Park, downtown.
Sanctioned spots are also located at Best Value Inn in Atlanta,
Route 66 Park at Broadwell and the old gas station at Elkhart.
Vendor spaces will be available on a limited basis for $10, but
to be eligible for a map listing, spaces should be reserved by Monday.
"The vendor locations are designed for people who aren't directly
located on Route 66 or who aren't from Logan County to set up shop
and participate with us as well," said Geoff Ladd of the Route 66
Heritage Foundation of Logan County. "We have vendors signed up from
all over central Illinois."
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The event corresponds with the
Illinois Route 66 Association Motor Tour that same weekend along
Illinois Route 66. The statewide association is celebrating the 18th
year for the motor tour.
Also that weekend is the Broadwell sesquicentennial celebration,
featuring the 90th birthday of Ernie Edwards of the Pig Hip. There
will be presentations, guest speakers, a huge birthday cake and a
rare opportunity to have a Pig Hip sandwich. The Broadwell ceremony
event starts at 2 p.m. on June 10.
The same weekend as well will be the Atlanta Spring Celebration,
which starts on June 8 with a walleye dinner and live music. There
will also be citywide garage sales in Atlanta on June 9, and the Big
Kidz Toyz fundraiser for the Atlanta Museum project will be 1-3 p.m.
The communities of Lawndale and Elkhart will have citywide garage
sales the same weekend as well.
Event founder Bruce Huskins encourages you to attend this great
event. "Come one, come all. You can have a ball," said a poetically
speaking Huskins. "Get your kicks on Route 66. At your own pleasure,
come and find your treasure."
For further information, contact the Route 66 Heritage Foundation
of Logan County at 217-732-8687 or visit
[Text from news release received from
Route 66 Heritage Foundation
of Logan County]