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81st Annual Ozark Empire Fair

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We’re less than 100 days away from the 81st Annual Ozark Empire Fair and we could be more excited! The fair kicks off on July 27th and runs through August 5th and features a long list of attractions that everyone will enjoy. The Ozark Empire Fair has been going strong and boasts a reputation as a fun-filled family event everyone can enjoy!

The 81st Annual Ozark Empire Fair is being held in multiple locations, including the Corwin Dodge Arena in Springfield. Many of the usual events and displays, including the Life & Arts Department, will be in attendance.

The fair kicked off in the early 1900s as a way for artists to show off their handiwork. It wasn’t long after that a permanent location was established and a small admission fee became standard. By the 1940s, concession booths had to be booked early as the demand for display areas grew quickly. New car dealerships began to attend the show with the latest models on display.

The Life & Arts Department will have live demonstrations, cooking contests, educational exhibits, and much more! Stop by to see what’s in store for you at this year’s fair.

We here at Corwin Dodge Ram hope to see you at the 81st Annual Ozark Empire Fair this summer!

The Best Coffee in Springfield, Missouri

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Search for great coffee shops here in Springfield – there are a lot of them!

We love a good cup o’ Joe. And although we do enjoy Starbucks, we also dig the local coffee shops. They have great coffee and a fantastic atmosphere. That is why we gathered a list of the local favorite places. If you are looking for a terrific cup of coffee, or a specialty drink, consider the following options, and click on each link to learn more about each coffee shop.

While this list does not cover all the amazing local coffee shops, we hope it gets you started on appreciating the local coffee of Springfield. For the best coffee in Springfield, Missouri, visit any of the above options. For the best vehicle in Springfield, visit Corwin Dodge Ram!

Celebrating a Historic Highway: Birthplace of Route 66 Festival


The fifth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival was back and better than ever. The festival recently featured new activities and attractions, garnering larger crowds than ever before. Events like a two-day car and motorcycle show highlighted some of the coolest vehicles on two and four wheels in the area.

Musical events like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Pure Prairie League, Cindy Woolf, and Mark Bilyeu sold out, according to The Intelligencer. Dating back to 1926, Route 66 has maintained its status as one of the most famous roadways in the world.

“We were excited about adding another full day of festivities to the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival,” says Cora Scott, director of public information and civic engagement for the City of Springfield. “With the variety of activities and events, there [was] something for everyone.”

Proceeds from some of the festivals activities were donated to the Route 66 Roadside Park Fund, helping to restore and maintain areas of the historic stretch of highway. Though it was removed from the official US highway system in 1985, we still hold this landmark in high esteem.

2015 Route 66 Festival to Rock Springfield, MO


Our hometown of Springfield is amazing, but come August 14th through the 16th, it’s about to get even better. The Route 66 Festival is making its return for the fifth year in a row. Officially titled the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, there’s more to see this year than ever before. New events, more vendors, and live acts are just a short list of what the Route 66 Festival has to offer!

This year’s Route 66 Festival will last three days instead of two. New activities, like a parade and expanded vendor village, will be available to all. Other events include a two-day car and motorcycle show, two nights of concerts at the Gillioz Theatre, a drive-in movie, 6.6 mile run, and an entire conglomerate of Route 66 authors, artists, collectors, and more!

Live acts this year include the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Pure Prairie League (both of which are sold out for August 14th), and Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu on August 15th.

“We’re excited about adding another full day of festivities to the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival,” said Cora Scott, director of public information and civic engagement, City of Springfield. “With the variety of activities and events, there will be something for everyone.”

We here at Corwin Dodge Ram can’t wait for the festivities to begin!

Lumina Foundation Selects Springfield for Grant

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With the Lumina Foundation’s help, more students in Springfield will have the tools to access higher education!

The Lumina Foundation selected 20 cities to join its 75 member network and Springfield was one of them. The foundation is a national network that helps communities to improve the number of high school graduates who go on to college and the workplace. Post-secondary skills and credentials, like degrees and special training certification, are just a few areas the Lumina Foundation has assisted in.

With the selection comes a $120,000 planning grant over the next two years. The grant will be used to help Springfield students complete their higher education goals. As they gain skills through higher education, they will be able to meet the needs of the workforce.

Initial goals include increasing the number of juniors and seniors who take the ACT, complete the FAFSA application, graduate from high school with college credits, and start college the same year that they graduate from high school. Goals at the college level include keeping students on track, increasing the number of students who graduate “on time”, and to recruit adults who left school to complete their degree.

“With 75 communities across the nation working to align the work of business, civic and education efforts in their local communities, greater coordination will occur, resulting in tangible benefits for students of all ages,” said Jamie Merisotis, Lumina’s president and CEO. “These students in turn will become graduates who form the backbone of the future economic, social and cultural success of those communities.”

At Corwin Dodge, we’re so thrilled about this development!