Webb City, Missouri, is making changes to its annual Spring on Broadway festival — most notably changing the name to Webb City’s Route 66 Cruise-A-Palooza.
The Joplin Globe also reported the festival will become a one-day festival this year, then resume to being a two-day spring event in 2018.
Scheduled for April 8, the festival’s new hours will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event will begin with a Route 66 Run the Route 5K & Fun Run. Entertainment at the festival will include local acts such as the Pinocchio School of Dance, the Webb City High School Jazz Band and ROTC. The finale for entertainment will be a performance by the 1980s cover band Members Only, starting at 7 p.m. […]
The event will feature food trucks, a Route 66 Car Cruise and vendors, as well as events for kids, such as carnival rides, a petting zoo, pony rides and inflatables. The Webb City Parks and Recreation Department will also hold its annual Easter egg hunt during the festival.
Webb City’s Route 66 Cruise-A-Palooza this year will be downtown, but a site for the 2018 festival hasn’t yet been announced.
In recent years, more towns have organized Route 66 festivals or rebranding existing festivals to reflect the Mother Road. It seems likely the Route 66 Economic Impact Study — and the money that Route 66 tourism generates — was the big impetus for this.
Webb City boasts a historic downtown and a couple of equally vintage gas stations — including one that houses the local chamber of commerce. But the town’s claim to fame is the 32-foot-tall sculpture of giant praying hands on a hill just south of downtown.
(Screen capture of the Praying Hands of Webb City, Missouri, via YouTube)