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The tentative schedule for the 2021 Lebanon Route 66 Festival includes a cruise-in and other activities on Friday night in downtown Lebanon and a celebration on Saturday night of the Lehman family’s 50th anniversary as owners of the internationally known Munger Moss Motel.

Daytime events on Saturday again will be at Route 66-themed Boswell Park.

Details on all activities remain to be finalized, but the festival committee made progress at Tuesday’s monthly meeting.

The festival dates are June 18-19.

This will be Lebanon’s 14th Route 66 Festival and the fifth in a row on Father’s Day weekend at Boswell Park. Lebanon’s first Route 66 Festival was held in 2001 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Mother Road. Hosts this year again will be the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society and the Lebanon Parks and Recreation and Tourism departments.

Besides a cruise-in, downtown activities Friday evening will include food trucks and live music. The committee is working with Ashton Light, Downtown Business District executive director, in planning the event.

The Munger Moss celebration tentatively will be co-hosted by the Route 66 Association of Missouri and may include other Route 66 businesses in the area.

Saturday activities again will include the Route 66 Parade of classic, antique and custom cars followed by a cruise-in at Boswell Park. Efforts also are under way to have a Route 66 Bike Parade. Musical entertainment has been selected and will be announced when the contract is signed. Lebanon Elks Lodge No. 2557 again will sponsor a corn-hole tournament. The National Guard again will provide games.

Applications for food trucks and craft booths will be available starting in March.

The committee agreed Tuesday to contract for a sound system but remains confident that it won’t need to rent a stage. The city plans to erect an amphitheater in Boswell Park before the 2021 festival.

A backup location in case of rain will be the Cowan Civic Center, where the first Lebanon Route 66 Festival was held two decades ago.

Jessica Fox, the city’s promotions manager, is the 2021 festival chairman.

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