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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Please mark your calendar to celebrate all things Route 66 Aug. 11-12 at the seventh annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in downtown Springfield. Registration for the 2017 car and motorcycle show will open at route66festivalsgf.com March 13. Printed registration forms will be available widely at participating organizations.
Events will include the annual Birthplace of Route 66 Parade with a pre-parade party at the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park, a two-day car and motorcycle show, a Gypsy Tour motorcycle poker run, the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Signature Concert Series featuring country music superstars Big & Rich at the outdoor Aaron Sachs Stage on Friday night and Three Dog Night at the Gillioz Theatre Saturday night, free live music at Park Central Square and Jordan Valley Park, an outdoor movie, vendor villages, a 6.6K/3.3K run/walk and the annual two-day convention of Route 66 authors, artists, collectors and associations at The Old Glass Place (501 E. St. Louis St.)
“Birthplace of Route 66 Festival event partners KY3, Aaron Sachs & Associates and the Gillioz Theatre have again teamed up with the City of Springfield to host the best festival celebrating Route 66 in the U.S.,” says Cora Scott, director of Public Information and Civic Engagement for the City of Springfield. “We’re very excited about the entertainment we’re bringing in this year. With the variety of activities and events, there really is something for everyone.”
Scott credits a strong group of festival founders, including the West Central Neighborhood Alliance and the Route 66 Association of Missouri for recognizing the potential in creating a festival honoring Springfield’s heritage as the birthplace of the Mother Road.
“Their foresight and continued hard work to keep this festival going has been an inspiration,” she said.
New to the festival this year:
As in years past, vendors, food and live music will be available on and around Park Central Square Friday and Saturday. Vendors interested in participating in the festival are asked to contact Tom Mast at KY3 at [email protected].
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To register for the car and motorcycle show, please visit the route66festivalsgf.com or pick up a registration form at one the following locations:
Completed registration forms must be received by the Gillioz Theatre by Aug. 1.
To purchase tickets for the Route 66 Signature Concert Series, please visit gillioztheatre.com.
For more information, please visit route66festivalsgf.com or contact Cora Scott, City of Springfield, at 417-864-1009 or [email protected].
View highlights from the 2016 festival