ADA - It's Lincoln Highway Buy-Way yard sale time! With sales reaching across the entire state of Ohio, you won't want to miss this event. Thursday, Aug. 8, kicks off the start of the ninth annual Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale, in Ada, which runs through Sunday, Aug. 10.

The event was started with the mission to promote economic development.

Mike Hocker, executive director of the Ohio-designated byway group, 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."

There is much more to this mega yard sale weekend than just bargain prices.

The Lincoln Highway was the first road across the United States of America. Actively promoted by entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher, the Lincoln Highway originally spanned coast-to-coast from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco through 13 states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California.

Conceived in 1912 and formally dedicated Oct. 31, 1913, the Lincoln Highway was America's first national memorial to President Abraham Lincoln, predating the 1922 dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. by nine years. As the first automobile road across America, the Lincoln Highway brought great prosperity to the hundreds of cities, towns and villages along the way. The Lincoln Highway became known affectionately as "The Main Street Across America."

When going to yard sales you never know what you will come across: mower blades, summer dresses or maybe those extra bar stools you have needed for the last two years. If you will have children in tow, one thing you can count as a constant battle is hearing them say, "Can I buy something here" or "But Mommmm I didn't get anything here," and, "Pleaaaase we have to find something for me too." They want to be just like you and purchase things too. While your mini-yard sale buddy is cute and means well, it can be exhausting so why not give them their own mission?

A yard sale scavenger hunt is the perfect way to get kids involved without breaking your bank account. All you need to do is make a copy of the list, explain the rules, and hand them a bag of quarters. The way it works is simple. They need to buy one of every item on their list and they can only spend one quarter on each item. For example, to buy something red they can spend one quarter and buy a red cup. You can offer a prize for whoever gets everything on their list.

Depending on how many kids you will have with you and how many items they will be hunting for, you can change the amount per item to five or 10 cents if needed. By giving kids a list of their own it not only keeps them busy so you can work on your honey-do list but it also makes them practice important skills. They practice reading and matching item color/shape/size to what's on the list. Also, the price limit might give them an opportunity to learn how to bargain for a lower price. Have the kids make up a mini presentation to share all the items they bought with the family. They will have fun telling you about each item and why they picked it.

If you don't want to bring home a bag full of other people's 25-cent junk, you can add a twist to the scavenger hunt by planning a time capsule project for afterwards. Explain to your kids that someday hundreds of years from now someone could dig up their time capsule and learn all about our world today. Encourage them to write a note to the future kids of Ada and attach a photo. They can even add their scavenger hunt list to the time capsule.