Route 66 in the News

Pig Hip Founder Honored

2012-07-27 07:48:37

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

“The free celebration will be a time for the public to visit, reminisce and enjoy a free cookout,” said Geoff Ladd, director of the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County.

The Route 66 Preservation Committee will dedicate the restored Pig Hip sign and marker at 2 p.m.

Ernie Edwards, who was known for his tall white chef’s hat and equally tall tales, operated the Pig Hip on Route 66 in Broadwell, about 20 miles north of Springfield, from 1937 to 1991.

He was one of the initial inductees into the Route 66 Association of Illinois’ Hall of Fame in June 1990.

Edwards died April 16. He and his wife, Frances Edwards, will be honored on what would have been his 95th birthday.

The Route 66 Association of Illinois will offer a cookout, and the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club of Lincoln will display classic cars. Visitors can also sign a Route 66 car hood provided by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway and the Illinois Office of Tourism.

At 3 p.m., tours will be given of The Mill in Lincoln, an historic Route 66 preservation project inspired by Ernie Edwards.

Activities and food will be free of charge to the public, but those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP so arrangements can be made.

Reservations may be made to admin@abe66.com, by calling the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County at 732-8687, or by clicking “going” on “events” on the Bureau’s Facebook site.

Kroger of Lincoln is the food sponsor. 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.

~Gatehouse News Service, via SJ-R.com

 

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