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Route 66 Festival to offer three days of cars, motorcycles, concerts and family fun
Please join the City of Springfield, KY3/KSPR, Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C. and Ozarks On Two Wheels for the 2016 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Aug. 12-14. The festival will offer three days of family fun and entertainment revolving around classic car and motorcycle shows, concerts, parades, downtown merchant specials, street vendors and great food.
Last year, the festival drew more than 20,000 people to downtown Springfield.
Car and Motorcycle Show
The centerpiece of the festival is the two-day car and motorcycle show, taking place in and around the Park Central Square area of downtown Springfield. Pre-registration is $20 per vehicle through noon, Friday, Aug. 5. Registration after Aug. 5 will be $30 and will be Aug. 13-14 at the car show check-in in front of University Plaza.
Car show entrants can pre-register online at route66festivalsgf.com or in person 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Route 66 Springfield Visitor Center at 815 E. St. Louis Street.
Pre-registration for the charity motorcycle show is $20 and is available online at route66motorcyclevillage.com, OzarksOnTwoWheels.com or in person 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Route 66 Springfield Visitor Center. Registration on the day of the show is available 8-10 a.m. at the Cruise the Ozarks tent at the Motorcycle Village and is $25.
Prizes for the car and motorcycle show will be awarded at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 at Park Central Square. Prizes for the charity motorcycle show will be at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 on the Aaron Sachs Stage in the Motorcycle Village.
Live music will once again be a big part of the festival, with local, regional and national acts on various stages throughout downtown.
The Gillioz Theatre will host its Route 66 Signature Concert Series Aug. 12 and 13, with iconic bluegrass and country artist Rhonda Vincent and Asleep at the Wheel playing Friday night and The Marshall Tucker Band taking the Gillioz stage on Saturday night. Tickets are still available at gillioztheatre.com.
KY3/KSPR will sponsor the Branson Experience stage on Park Central Square with free music by various Branson acts, including the Baldknobbers, Clay Cooper, Rock and Roll Revival, Trans Siberian Experience, Million Dollar Quartet and the Hughes Brothers. KY3/KSPR and Hiland Dairy will also present a free ice cream social hosted by Barry Williams, a.k.a. Greg Brady of TV’s “The Brady Bunch.”
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the Branson Experience stage on Park Central Square Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. immediately following the second annual Birthplace of Route 66 Parade.
Ozarks On Two Wheels Motorcycle Village, located near the Discovery Center at 438 E. St. Louis will host an entire weekend of free live music on the Aaron Sachs Stage.
Regional favorites will include Tripwire, Backroad Story, Sequel Dose, Machine Gun Symphony, Cole Porter Band, Casey Lynne and The Dealbreakers, The Detectives and our own Springfield School of Rock. The Aaron Sachs Stage will also showcase national music celebrities Blackjack Billy, Lindsay Ell, Dallas Smith and special guest Barrett Baber from “The Voice.” An exciting mix of food and retail vendors will be centered around a picnic area with additional entertainment to include bike shows, stunt shows and demo rides.
The second annual Birthplace of Route 66 Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m., Friday Aug. 12 at College Street and Grant Avenue and will travel west to east this year down College through Park Central Square and ending at St. Louis Street and National Avenue.
If you’re interested in participating in the parade with your classic car, bicycle or float, there is no fee, but please register at route66festivalsgf.com. Staging for the parade will begin at the City’s Public Works compound at 1111 W. Chestnut Expressway (where the salt dome is) at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12.
While the parade can be viewed along the entire route, the prime viewing area will be at the grandstand in front of the lot north of the Expo Center on St. Louis Street. To reserve your bleacher seat at the grandstand, please email Cora Scott at [email protected] or call 864-1009.
Parade watchers are encouraged to arrive at the grandstand by 5:30 p.m., where they’ll be treated to special performances by the cast of Springfield Little Theatre’s production of “Peter Pan” and musical theatre selections by Little Theatre’s Y.E.S. Troupe. Nearby paid parking for the grandstand is available in the Jordan Valley Car Park garage, which can be accessed via Trafficway Street.
The 66-mile Gypsy Tour Poker Run benefiting the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association begins at 9 a.m. Saturday Aug. 13 at the Motorcycle Village at 309 N. Jefferson Ave. between the Discovery Center and Jubilee Park. Fees are $20 for an individual rider; $25 for couple and $5 for extra hand. Pre-register at route66motorcyclevillage.com, OzarksOnTwoWheels.com or at 8 a.m. Saturday morning in the Motorcycle Village.
The Motorcycle Power Parade will begin at 5 p.m., Saturday Aug. 13 at the Motorcycle Village. All motorcycles are invited to participate for free, so check in at the Aaron Sachs information tent before 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will once again host a free drive-in movie at 9 p.m. in the Expo Center lot. This year, the movie will be “The Little Rascals.” Nearby paid parking for the drive-in movie is available in the Jordan Valley Car Park garage, which can be accessed via Trafficway Street.
Other 2016 festival events include the 6.6K/3.3K Run/Walk through downtown Springfield starting at Mediacom Ice Park at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13. Experience Route 66 on foot through historic downtown Springfield during the Route 66 6.6K (4.10 miles) & 3.3K (2.05 miles) runs.
Trophies will be awarded for winners of each age group, overall male/female and masters male/female. Advance registration for both events is $30. Race-day registration $35. Runners can pick up their packets 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at the festival Vendor Village in front of U.S. Bank and the Discovery Center and 6:30-7:30 a.m. there on race day. Visit actnowracing.com to register.
Authors, Artists, Collectors and Associations
The annual confab of authors, artists, collectors and associations affiliated with Route 66 returns to the festival, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14 at The Old Glass Place, 501 E. St. Louis (east end of the car show). These folks will have displays with information about their products and services and will have their wares for sale. Come visit with them about Route 66 and see what they have to offer.
Springfield Cardinals game
Festival-goers are invited to enjoy a Springfield Cardinals home game at Hammons Field both Friday and Saturday night with a fireworks show following Friday night’s game.
Visit route66festivalsgf.com for a complete schedule of music and entertainment.
See you at the festival!