Chamber donates Melon Car to a worthy cause
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[April 13, 2013]     Send a link to a friend

According to its executive director, Andi Hake, the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce has owned the watermelon-themed car since the late 1990s. In its lifetime the iconic car has been used in numerous parades, has been loaned out to chamber members for businesses trips and of course was the heart of the popular quiz game "Where's the Melon Car?"

However, recently the board came to realize that the car was in need of much repair in order to remain road-worthy. Looking at the age of the vehicle and the life it has lived, they decided that it was time to say goodbye to their old mechanical friend. But they wanted to give the car a good send-off by donating it to someone who could benefit from it.

They came up with the idea of giving the car to the city of Lincoln Fire Department. The firefighters for the city are well-trained in the use of extrication equipment, but it is something that they need to stay in practice for. The chamber decided to give the car to the department so the firefighters could do just that.

The original plan was for Hake to drive the car to the fire station at City Hall on Friday morning and hand over the keys in a simple little ceremony. However, the car had other plans. As if to say, "Yes, you're right, I've seen better days and am ready to retire," the car refused to start. Therefore the chamber had to call a towing company to come get the car.

Pictures by Nila Smith




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