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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!