The 2020 Lebanon Route 66 Festival will go on as scheduled June 20 at Route 66-themed Boswell Park.
“I think we’re confident moving forward at this point,” Nicole McGinnis, chairman of the festival committee, told the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society board Tuesday.
“We’re in a good spot,” said McGinnis, Lebanon tourism director and also a Route 66 Society board member. “It’s an outdoor event. People will be spaced out everywhere.”
This will be Lebanon’s 13th Route 66 Festival and the fourth in a row on Father’s Day weekend at Boswell Park. Lebanon’s first Route 66 Festival was held in 2001 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Mother Road. The city of Lebanon’s Tourism Department joins the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society and the Lebanon Parks and Recreation department as hosts this year.
Here’s the festival’s tentative schedule:
9:30 a.m. – Cars line up for the parade across from Laclede Electric on Route 66.
9:45 a.m. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler will be present for lineup as Grand Marshal of the parade.
10-11 a.m. – Parade and cars getting parked at Boswell.
11 a.m.-Noon – KJEL Live Remote.
11:15-11:45 a.m. – 399th Army Band.
11:45 a.m.-Noon – Congresswoman Hartzler.
Noon – First hourly giveway.
Noon-12:30 p.m. – Bike Parade.
12:30-2:30 p.m. – Dawson Hollow performance.
1 p.m. – Second hourly giveaway (during Dawson Hollow break).
2 p.m. – Third hourly giveaway (during Dawson Hollow break).
2:30 p.m. – Car Cruise Spoof Trophy Presentation.
The hourly giveaways will be $66 gift cards to various businesses.
Dawson Hollow’s website describes the group as "an indie-folk band whose music encompasses the nostalgia of folk while channeling the urgent and intoxicating energy of indie-rock. Their unique and invigorating music brings alive a contagious passion that is too powerful to be ignored and leaves listeners energized, refreshed and feeling like they’ve finally met someone who ‘gets’ them.”
McGinnis said 10 vendors are set for the festival so far, about half of them serving food. Vendors are being assured that their registration fee will be refunded if the festival isn’t held. Vendors may sign up with Jessica Fox at (417) 532-4642.
The Elks Lodge will have a cornhole tournament, and there will be face-painting and inflatables, McGinnis said.
“People are hungry to get out and do something,” she said.
Route 66 Society President Bruce Owen agreed.
“I’m excited,” Owen said after the meeting. “I think it’s going to be the best ever. People are going to want to get out and see things.”
This was the first Route 66 Society board meeting since March 3. Attendance was limited to board members only, and tables were set up so they sat at least 6 feet away from each other.