The scene Friday night along East Route 66 in Lebanon could have been from 1957, before Interstate 44 replaced The Mother Road as the primary east-west route through Laclede County.
The classic cars, the jam-packed Route 66 and the memories of a simpler time came back as the 2019 Lebanon Route 66 Festival opened, fittingly, at two iconic Route 66 businesses, the Munger Moss Motel and Wrinks Market.
Dubbed the "Route 66 Block Party," the festival's first night featured a cruise-in at the Munger Moss, an exotic-animal petting zoo, a bounce house and live music from Phat Mike and the Bartenders at The Vintage Cowgirl at Wrinks Market, and a dunk tank and burnout pit at a newer Route 66 business, Tires, Brakes and More.
A highlight of the evening was the presence of KY3 anchors Steve Grant and Lisa Rose, meteorologist Abby Dyer, sports director Chad Plein and reporters Frances Watson and Joe Hickman as part of the station's summer "Celebrate the Ozark" series. Live broadcasts at 5 and 6 p.m. from the Munger Moss Motel included a weather report from Wrinks Market and several Route 66 features, one about the Lebanon Route 66 Museum.
The festival continues Saturday at Boswell Park.
Here are 146 photos from Friday night at the festival.