After a successful return last month, the Lebanon Route 66 Festival will be held again next year, the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society board voted unanimously at its monthly meeting this morning (July 11).
The festival again will be held on Father’s Day weekend, with the main activities on June 16, 2018.
“I think we’re on the right path,” Bill Jones, president of the Route 66 Society, said. The society sponsored the festival in partnership with the Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department.
Parks Director John Shelton said, “We thought it went really well.”
An estimated 2,200 Route 66 enthusiasts attend the festival at Boswell Park on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend. Activities included a parade and cruise-in of more than 100 classic cars, music, games, food, crafts and Route 66 memorabilia.
Activities also were held at the Munger Moss Motel on the Friday afternoon and evening.
Loretta Young, chairman of the society’s Festival Committee, and society treasurer Steve Russell reported that the festival lost money, but some of the expenses will not be necessary next year. More than $7,300 in products and services for the festival were donated by businesses and individuals.
This was the first Route 66 Festival held in Lebanon since 2009.