More than 150 classic, antique and custom cars are expected to participate Saturday, June 19, in this year’s Route 66 Parade, one of the biggest events of the Lebanon Route 66 Festival presented by Heritage Bank of the Ozarks.
“Any and all old classic or unique vehicles, including motorcycles, are welcome to join the parade,” Leland Townsend, one of the parade organizers, said. “They do not have to be perfect, just able to drive 25 mph along the parade route.”
No pre-registration is required. Lineup will start at 9 a.m. on Wyota Drive in the Lebanon Industrial Park, east of Laclede Electric on Route 66.
Norma Bledsoe, who has lived on Route 66 for more than 50 years, is this year’s grand marshal.
The parade will roll at 10 a.m., heading west on Route 66, past Boswell Park, to Utah Street, then to Kent Drive where it will enter Route 66-themed Boswell Park for a cruise-in that continues until 3 p.m.
Drivers who want to participate in the cruise-in but not the parade may enter Boswell Park at the end of the parade. No vehicles may enter 66 Mural Drive beforehand.
Each driver will receive a free ticket for the $66 drawings to be held hourly at the park.
“Trophies will be given away, but not the usual kind of show trophies,” Townsend said. “Trophies are given in good humor to chosen vehicles, such as the vehicle most likely to receive a ticket on the way home; the vehicle most likely to catch fire; the vehicle most likely to need a wrecker, and so forth.”
In the unlikely case of rain, the parade will end at the Cowan Civic Center, and as many vehicles as fit will be allowed in the exhibition hall. All festival events will be moved to the civic center if it rains. Monitor this website, KJEL and Facebook after 7 a.m. Saturday for any location changes.
Festival cruise-ins also are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday on Commercial Street in downtown Lebanon and 4 p.m. Saturday at the Munger Moss Motel.