Ernie and Fran Edwards Route 66 International Appreciation Day

Our thanks to Geoff Ladd, Executive Director, Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County for providing the following press release for us to share.

BROADWELL, IL – Ernie and Fran Edwards Route 66 International Appreciation Day has been set for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at the Pig Hip restaurant site in Broadwell.

Click here to view the official flyer for this event.

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.

Edwards, who was 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. He remains one of only three Logan County residents to receive the honor.

The iconic figure died April 16, 2012. He and his wife, Frances Edwards, 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 also be tours of The Mill in Lincoln, an historic Route 66 preservation project inspired by Ernie Edwards to finally save from destruction.

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 to admin@abe66.com or by calling the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County at 217-732-8687 or by clicking “going” on “events” on the Bureau’s Facebook site at www.facebook.com/events/254404754659737/.

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.

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