NPR station WJFF (Jeffersonville, NY) award-winning personality and international travel writer Ron Bernthal's Borders program gives a glimpse of America's first paved road along with a review of the 2012 National Conference held in Canton, Ohio.
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Whether you call it a tag sale, a yard sale, garage sale, thrift sale...it is all about bargains waiting for you on the "second full weekend (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) in August" to shop both the Ohio Lincoln Highway BUY-WAY Yard Sale in Ohio. Parts of Illinois, Iowa and Indiana will also be setting up BUY-WAY sales.
Lincoln Highway BUY-WAY Yard Sale Now approaching 9th Year
(Ohio) — Just about anything you want or need will be sitting along the road for you to purchase 'on the cheap" during the ninth annual Lincoln Highway BUY-WAY Yard Sale, to be held Thursday August 8, Friday August 9, and Saturday August 10 across Ohio -- and now adjacent states.
"This event has grown to national awareness in just five years," said Mike Hocker, executive director of the Ohio--designated byway group, whose mission is economic development. The first year saw over 250 yard sales across Ohio's portion of the historic Lincoln Highway, America's first coast-to-coast paved road. The sale population increased substantially each year, and parts of Indiana and Illinois soon joined in, with West Virginia now setting out goods, as well. Now Ohio, alone, offers over one thousand individual sale events over the three day period.
Why should more communities in adjacent Lincoln Highway states get on board? Hocker points out that "with a slow economy, this is a win-win for everyone by injecting money into our economy, offering some real savings for shoppers, and providing a fun and inexpensive vacation for the travelers. It is also our way of educating people about the history and culture of America's first coast-to-coast road.
Individual communities benefit by exposing travelers to the charms of their towns, their retails, attractions and restaurants. They've got to buy gas, too," Hocker said. "It also gives local organizations and churches to make money for their causes. And communities are also adding community-wide sales with local shopping maps, festivals, concerts, car shows and rallies, food and kids' activities...all to make the event more enjoyable for those traveling."
An official Traveler's Guide has been created that includes a map of Ohio's Lincoln Highway alignments along with listings of many yard sales and community events along the way. This free guide will be available at convention and visitor bureaus and chambers along the way in mid-July. Look for local newspapers with special insert maps for the sales in that area, too, helping merchants and businesses get a little more of the pie.
BUY-WAY Yard Sale participants in any state may list their yard sale information on the byway website, (http://www.historicbyway.com) which shoppers can then print out and use to navigate their shopping.
For more information call 419-468-6773
The BAD news is that you are just hoarding junk that you will never use again. The GOOD news is that by giving it to us, WE not only recycle it, but actually get money for that stuff! And that includes power cords, chargers, etc. So help the Lincoln Highway and grab those old cell phones and accessories and drop them off to your local convention bureau. (If there isn't one close to you on the list, email me at info[at]historicbyway.com and I will arrange a pickup! If you are really feeling energetic, you can send it to OLHHC, 127 Harding Way East, Galion, OH 44833.
So where can you drop these off right now? W to E in Ohio: Van Wert CVB (Convention and Visitors Bureau), Delphos Chamber, Cairo Library branch, Lima/Allen County CVB, Ada Public library, Forest/Jackson Public Library, Wyandot/Upper Sandusky Visitors Bureau, Bucyrus Chamber office, Galion Chamber office, Crestline ADVOCATE, Mansfield/Richland CVB, Wayne/Wooster CVB, and there will be more pickup places designated soon.
Thanks in advance for your help and support!
The mission of the Ohio Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor is to preserve, interpret and promote the Lincoln Highway. Our effort will strengthen education, increase tourism and encourage economic development along America's first coast-to-coast paved highway.In 1999, Ohio Lincoln Highway Association Director Bob Lichty of Canton joined with Main Street Galion, Ohio Director Mike Hocker and several convention and visitor bureau leaders to go one step further by promoting organized tourism, with the belief that as a commercial destination, travelers, shoppers and tourists could be better educated to this piece of American history.
A coming together of the Ohio Lincoln Highway League with this new "heritage Corridor" group became a good fit for both. This new organization, along with the official Ohio Department of Transportation's granting of an official byway status in February of 2004 became a great advantage for businesses along the Ohio Lincoln Highway Corridor.
Traditionally, businesses spent money and received benefits only on a 1 to 1 ratio, but because this organization is driven under the professional direction of convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) across the state, members' ad dollars are maximized, and the message is much clearer and farther reaching.
Individuals interested in saving this great piece of American history should visit the website of the Ohio Lincoln Highway League. Businesses, chambers and CVBs, attractions and retailers interested in being a part of our mission should visit our information page.