Whew!!!! Did all of you hear the big sighs of relief when Saturday, Aug. 24, didn’t have a drop of rain in the forecast and there was a slight breeze blowing throughout the day! I think I can speak on behalf of the entire Lincoln Highway Committee when I say THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! Thank you for volunteering with set-up, selling tickets for the inflatables, and clean-up. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped at Udderly Quilts, the Kiwanis BBQ Contest, the Nevada Historical Society Downtown Walk, the St. Patrick’s breakfast, the parade, the Nevada Firefighters Hog Roast, the Nevada Baptist carnival games, the "Wheel of Disaster," the Klassy Kruisers Car Show, the Central Presbyterian Ice Cream and Pie Social, the Lincoln Highway Dash, the Nevada Jaycees Beer Garden, and the Lawn and Garden Tractor Pull - or performed downtown on Saturday or at the Variety Show on Sunday. This was the biggest event I have ever helped put together and everything went off without a hitch!

To have an event like Lincoln Highway Days, you need to have a great committee to work with and I do! The committee includes: Mitzi Alexander, Shawn Cole, Janeen Driscoll, Linda Griffith, Kyle Hansen, Andy Kelly, Dave McCaulley and Lisa McCoy. This committee has the support of the Nevada Chamber of Commerce board of directors, so they deserve a BIG thanks, too.

Next are the sponsors of the event, starting with Burke Corporation, 21st Century Rehab, Accurate Auto, Ben Franklin, Casey’s, DuPont, First Class Signs, Good and Quick, Hertz Farm Management, ITC Midwest, KASI/KCCQ Radio, Key Coop, KIX 101, Lincolnway Energy, McFarland Clinic, McFarland Eye Center, Midwest Insurance Corporation, Myers Transportation, Nevada Community Historical Society, Nevada Family Chiropractic, NuCara Pharmacy, State Bank and Trust, Story County Medical Center, Udderly Quilts and More, U.S. Bank and Dr. Daniel Hobt. Without businesses like this, events like Lincoln Highway Days wouldn’t be possible. Be sure and thank them the next time you see someone from the above businesses.

Since Sunday, I have had lots of folks stopping by or calling with great ideas and suggestions. Many want to bring the rodeo back! We don’t have the manpower to run the rodeo or the finances to put it on, but if you do – plan to come to our meeting in September. We want you to come with your ideas and ways to make them happen! I will have a notice in the paper with details and we look forward to seeing you there! The books are closed on Lincoln Highway Days 2013, but we are looking ahead to 2014 and with your help, it will be even better!