Route 66 Festival sponsorship

Heritage Bank of the Ozarks presents a $5,000 check Monday to the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society to become the presenting sponsor of this year’s Lebanon Route 66 Festival. From left: representing Heritage Bank of the Ozarks, John Gideon, Senior Vice President; Lance Boyer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Kim Light, President and Senior Loan Officer; and Bill Lewis, Chairman and CEO; and, representing the Route 66 Society, Bruce Owen, President; Jessica Rodden, Chairman, Route 66 Festival Committee, and Board Member; Cathy Dame, Secretary; Mike Boggs, Board Member; and Cliff Claxton, Treasurer.

Thanks to a $5,000 donation, Heritage Bank of the Ozarks will be the presenting sponsor of the 2021 Lebanon Route 66 Festival, Kim Light, President and Senior Loan Officer, Heritage Bank of the Ozarks, and Bruce Owen, President of the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society, have announced.

"Heritage Bank of the Ozarks is very excited to be part of this celebration that honors such an important part of our community's heritage,” Light said. “The mystique that is Route 66 is celebrated world-wide and is an economic stimulus for Lebanon. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated group of Route 66 supporters in this community, and we are glad to be a small part of making this celebration a success.”

Owen described the $5,000 donation as “very generous.”

“It will help us do what we want to do to make the festival a success and make it enjoyable for the whole community.”

Owen praised Light and Chairman and CEO Bill Lewis for their love of the community and how the bank contributes to it. He said Heritage Bank of the Ozarks and the Lebanon Route 66 Festival are “a perfect fit.”

The Lebanon Route 66 Festival presented by Heritage Bank of the Ozarks again will be held Father’s Day weekend with activities starting Friday evening, June 18, in downtown Lebanon. Events on Saturday, June 19, will begin at Boswell Park, moving to the Munger Moss Motel at 4 p.m. Cruise-ins, live entertainment, food and games will be offered both days. Last year’s parade down Route 66 on Saturday morning featured more than 100 classic vehicles.

Friday’s events are being planned by the Lebanon Downtown Business District. Saturday’s activities are being organized by the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society in partnership with the Lebanon Parks and Recreation and Tourism departments.

This will be Lebanon’s 14th Route 66 Festival and the fifth with Saturday’s events at Boswell Park, which has been redeveloped in recent years with a Route 66 theme. The first festival was held in 2001 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Route 66. Festivals were held annually through 2009 and resumed in 2017 after a seven-year gap.

In commemoration of the Missouri Bicentennial, this year’s festival theme will be “200 Years of Missouri, 95 Years of Route 66.”

Heritage Bank of the Ozarks is a home-owned and home-operated bank with a strong focus on the communities it serves and a philosophy of neighbors serving neighbors. The growing bank currently has locations in Lebanon, Camdenton and Plato with all future plans reflecting on their local heritage, character and commitment to their neighbors.

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