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.