The schedule is nearly set, the band is booked, the stage and sound system are ordered, the T-shirts are being printed, the program is taking shape, and enough money has been raised to cover anticipated expenses.

All that’s needed for the 2019 Lebanon Route 66 Festival to be a success are good weather and enough volunteers to make sure the activities on June 14 and 15 run smoothly.

The Route 66 Society can’t help the weather – as in the past, there’s no rain date – but board members meeting Monday night were tasked with finding more volunteers from the community to help at the festival.

“Our No. 1 thing is getting enough volunteers to help,” Loretta Young, general chairman of the festival, told the board.

Anyone willing to help is encouraged to call Young at (417) 718-5163 or email

Volunteers also are welcome to attend the next festival meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Wrinks Market.

In other business Monday night, the board heard a report from Bruce Owen, chairman of the Camp Joy cabin committee, about Saturday’s successful move of the mostly restored cabin to Boswell Park.

“Everything is just amazing so far,” Owen said. “I don’t think there’s been a hiccup yet.”

June 1 is the target date for the restoration to be finished. The cabin will be rededicated June 15 during the festival. Gary Sosniecki, Route 66 Society vice president, said the program is taking shape.

President Bill Jones thanked everyone for their participation in Saturday’s festivities.

Seven officers and board members, Young and nine other Route 66 Society members attended the hour-long meeting. Board meetings were moved to the first Monday evening of the month in April so more members could attend.

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