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Details about Route 66 festival in Kingman emerge

It’s more than 11 months away, but organizers in Kingman, Ariz., already are planning for a variety of events for the Route 66 International Festival, reported the Kingman Daily Miner.

The festival is scheduled for Aug. 13-17. The festival’s website is here.

According to the newspaper, the festival will have five categories: Spiels, Wheels, Meals, Deals and Surreal. Here’s a summary of each one:

Spiels — Opening and closing ceremonies, a parade, presentations, Route 66 electric highway roundtable, unveiling of a Route 66 Walk of Fame in Kingman, and walking tours with local author Jim Hinckley.

Wheels — It primarily features the Chillin’ on Beale Street car show, but includes Route 66 cruises, mountain bike rides, and ghost-town tours.

Meals — On the schedule are a a pancake breakfast, barbecue and concert at Hualapai Mountain Park, food trucks, wine-tastings, and happy hours.

Deals — The Main Street Marketplace, Route 66 artists and authors exhibition, a western and Native American arts exhibit and the annual Arts & Crafts Fair at Hualapai Mountain Lodge.

Surreal — Concerts, a Route 66 Virtual City of classic billboards, a Santa Fe Railroad and model railroad exhibit. a film festival highlighting Andy Devine and movies filmed in Kingman or on Route 66, tours of the Kingman Army Air Field Museum, Route 66 Museum and Mohave Museum of History & Arts, an amateur photo contest, and bowling and golf tournaments.

The newspaper also mentions geocache and letterbox events with prizes.

Kingman leaders see the festival as a big opportunity to put the city more on the Route 66 map, as the town is often bypassed by travelers who instead stop at Seligman, Ariz., or Needles, Calif.

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