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Warmer weather decreases sap harvest at Funks Grove Maple Sirup

Warmer weather decreases sap harvest at Funks Grove Maple Sirup

An unseasonably warm winter decreased the annual sap harvest by a third at Funks Grove Maple Sirup near Shirley, Illinois. The co-operator of the fabled Route 66 business also said climate change may mean a permanent change in when maple sap…

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Route 66 episode of “Bizarre Foods” airs Feb. 21

Route 66 episode of “Bizarre Foods” airs Feb. 21

A few weeks ago, Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel show “Bizarre Foods,” announced a Route 66 episode was in the hopper for the program’s new season. We now know when it first will air: 9 p.m. Eastern on…

Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” to feature Route 66 episode

Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” to feature Route 66 episode

Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel show “Bizarre Foods,” said the show has produced a Route 66 episode for its ninth season. The new season of “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” began Tuesday night, but that was with the…

Green chile stew-eating contest added to Grants festival

Green chile stew-eating contest added to Grants festival

Major League Eating announced this week it will add a green chile stew-eating contest to its circuit at the Historic Route 66 Fall Fiesta in Grants, New Mexico, on Oct. 8. The contest will be at 1 p.m. that day at Fire…

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard wins World Ice Cream Index

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard wins World Ice Cream Index

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard of St. Louis won the second annual World Ice Cream Index in a contest run by an Irish marketing firm. Sool Nua of Dublin reported the Route 66 landmark prevailed over other establishments from 13 countries…

Funks Grove Maple Sirup featured on Illinois Made series

Funks Grove Maple Sirup featured on Illinois Made series

The Illinois Office of Tourism features Funks Grove Maple Sirup near Shirley, Illinois, as one of eight businesses in a new Illinois Made series. According to an article in the Bloomington Pantagraph, Illinois Office of Tourism director Cory Jobe said Illinois Made contains videos,…

Giant Vess Soda bottle in St. Louis being restored

Giant Vess Soda bottle in St. Louis being restored

Work crews are busy restoring the giant Vess Soda bottle near Route 66 in St. Louis to mark the company’s 100th anniversary. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch: The 34-foot tall, steel bottle will get a new paint job.…

‘Great Food Truck Race’ on Route 66 begins Aug. 23

‘Great Food Truck Race’ on Route 66 begins Aug. 23

The sixth season of the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” begins Aug. 23 with a variety of challenges along Route 66 towns, according to a news release this week. The season opener will air at 9 p.m. Eastern…

Longtime operator of Funks Grove Maple Sirup dies

Longtime operator of Funks Grove Maple Sirup dies

Steve Funk, a longtime operator of Funks Grove Maple Sirup along Route 66 in Funks Grove, Illinois, died at age 90 at his home on June 21, according to an obituary in the Bloomington Pantagraph. Funk served in the U.S.…

New Jobe’s owner will turn it into antique store

The new owner of Jobe’s Drive-In in El Reno, Oklahoma, will convert the Route 66 restaurant into a “cowboys and Indians” antique store after buying it at auction last weekend, according to the El Reno Tribune. Cliff Johnson, a musician,…

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