2021 festival banner

Representing the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society, from left: Howard Fuller, former board member; Ramona Lehman, board member; Cathy Dame, secretary; Mike Boggs, vice president; Gary Sosniecki, board member; Jessica Rodden, festival chairman; and Bruce Owen, president.

Planning for the 2021 Lebanon Route 66 Festival presented by Heritage Bank of the Ozarks remains “on track,” festival chairman Jessica Rodden told the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society board Tuesday.

“I’m super excited about it,” Rodden said as the board met at Route 66-themed Boswell Park, site of the Saturday, June 19, daytime activities.

Rodden said the festival still could use more vendors — food trucks and crafters — for Saturday at the park. “That’s one thing I’m going to hit pretty hard the next few weeks.”

A link to vendor applications accompanies this article.

Also at today’s meeting, the board saw the new 4-foot-by-12-foot banner that will welcome attendees to the events at Boswell Park. The banner will be displayed near the new amphitheater, where The Bucket Band will perform and a program and drawings will be held. The base of the amphitheater has been poured, and installation of the prefabricated structure will begin shortly.

This year’s festival returns to a two-day format with events — including three cruise-ins and three bands — in three locations June 18-19. From 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, activities will be on Commercial Street in downtown Lebanon hosted by the Lebanon Downtown Business District. On Saturday, the festival moves to Boswell Park with the bicycle/tricycle parade and decorated bike contest at 9 a.m. The Route 66 Parade of classic vehicles rolls from east Lebanon to Boswell Park at 10 a.m. At 4 p.m., the festival moves to the Munger Moss Motel for a celebration of its 75th anniversary in Lebanon and the 50th anniversary of its ownership by Ramona Lehman and her late husband Bob.

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