Ernie and Fran Edwards Route 66 Appreciation Day set for Aug. 5
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[July 23, 2012]
-- Ernie and Fran Edwards Route 66 International Appreciation
Day has been set for Aug. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Pig Hip
restaurant site in Broadwell. The free celebration will be a time
for the public to visit, reminisce and enjoy a free cookout.
At 2 p.m., the Route 66 Preservation Committee will dedicate the
restored Pig Hip sign and marker.
Ernie Edwards, an iconic figure
known for his tall white chef's hat and equally tall tales, owned
and operated the Pig Hip on Route 66 in Broadwell for many years. He
was one of the initial inductees into the Route 66 Association of
Illinois Hall of Fame in June 1990 and is one of only three Logan
County residents to receive the honor.
Edwards died April 16, 2012. He and his wife will be honored on
what would have been his 95th birthday.
During the celebration, the Route 66 Association of Illinois will
feature a cookout, and the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club of Lincoln
will display classic cars. Visitors can also sign the Route 66 car
hood provided by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway and the Illinois
Office of Tourism.
At 3 p.m., there will be tours of The Mill in Lincoln, a Route 66
preservation project inspired by Ernie Edwards to finally save the
historic building from destruction.
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All activities and food at the event will be free of charge to
the public, but those who plan to participate are asked to RSVP.
Reservations may be made with the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau
of Logan County at firstname.lastname@example.org, 217-732-8687 or by clicking
"Going" on the Facebook site at
Kroger of Lincoln is the food sponsor, and RSVPs are necessary in
order to plan adequately. Additional sponsors are the Abraham
Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County, the Route 66 Heritage
Foundation of Logan County, the village of Broadwell, Illinois Route
66 Scenic Byway and the Route 66 Association of Illinois.
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of