The just-completed International Route 66 Mother Road Festival in downtown Springfield, Ill., saw higher numbers in both attendance and classic-car entrants, reported the Springfield State Journal-Register.
Kim Rosendahl, president of the festival, said there were about 1,100 cars on display compared to fewer than 1,000 last year.
Estimates also had more people at this year’s show.
“I checked with the police. They thought the crowds were really good. The last couple years it has been 70,000 to 80,000 for the weekend, and they thought probably closer to 80,000 this year. The streets were packed,” Rosendahl said.
Next year’s festival is Sept. 27-29. The festival became an annual event after Springfield hosted the International Route 66 Festival in 2002.