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The second annual three-county Route 66 Yard Sale will be held again this year with the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society as the sponsor in Laclede County, the Route 66 Society’s board agreed Tuesday.

The event is scheduled for Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, for about 100 miles along Route 66 in Pulaski, Laclede and Webster counties.

The yard sale originally had been planned to coincide with the Lebanon Gospel Music Get-Together. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a decision hadn’t been made as of Tuesday whether this year’s gospel event will be held. However, Route 66 Society board member Gary Sosniecki said interest in having the yard sale is high even if the gospel sing doesn’t occur.

“I think people want to do things,” Route 66 Society President Bruce Owen said.

This year’s yard sale will be a lower-key event. The Route 66 Society will not host setups at Boswell Park because so few vendors showed up last year. Those wishing to sell merchandise are encouraged to find businesses and residences along Route 66 where they may set up.

Sales may be promoted on the “Route 66 Yardsale” Facebook page, and sellers are encouraged to advertise in their local media.

Buyers and sellers are encouraged to practice social distancing.

The board discussed the possibility of moving the sale to a different weekend in 2021.

In other business at Tuesday’s board meeting:

--Michael Boggs, supervisor of the Missouri Division of Tourism’s West Welcome Center at Conway, was appointed to the Route 66 Society board. He will finish the term of Bobby Jones, whose health does not allow him to attend meetings. Boggs also serves on the board of the Route 66 Association of Missouri.

--Sosniecki reported that the Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a second “Section 106” historic-preservation meeting June 23 to discuss “mitigation measures” if MoDOT dismantles the iconic Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge, which now appears likely. He said this is the time to request that pieces of the bridge be displayed in the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Museum and in Route 66-themed Boswell Park.

--The board agreed to have an outdoor booth at the Laclede County Fair.

--Owen showed two possible renderings of an amphitheater planned for Boswell Park. The amphitheater is important to the Route 66 Society because of the expense of renting a stage for the Route 66 Festival every year. Owen encouraged the Route 66 Society to work with the city on the project and participate in fund-raising.

--Owen also showed a mockup of a Camp Joy arch that will be installed over a sidewalk leading to the restored cabin in Boswell Park.

--Sosniecki reported that distribution of the 2020 Laclede County Route 66 Guide and Map will be Wednesday to welcome centers, visitor centers and tourist-related businesses east on Route 66 as far as Sullivan and next Monday west on Route 66 as far as Joplin. He said some visitor centers, such as the one at Route 66 State Park near Eureka, remain closed.

--The board approved a digital advertising policy that reaffirms previous votes that current Route 66 Society business members receive a free ad on LebanonRoute66.com and that no advertising is allowed on the Route 66 Society’s Facebook page “beyond the promotion of events and activities sponsored by the organization.”

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