Route 66 Events

Here’s a listing of Route 66 events along the Mother Road’s corridor. I’ll try to update this semi-regularly.

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  1. Woe is me! How I wish I could just spend my life cruising East to West and West to East attending all of these gatherings and doing what I could to help the group with its efforts to keep 66 alive and well. Maybe there is a motorhome in my future? At the very least, I’ll see you all in Clinton next year.

  2. There will be lots of Route 66 vintage postcards at the 23rd Annual, Tulsa Postcard Club Show and Sale, Friday May 11, and Saturday May 12 at the Clarion Hotel (formerly Hiliday Inn-South) Exit 145th St, Broken Arrow Expressway, 2600 N Aspin Broken Arrow OK 74012. For more info contact Jim Taylor, 1-888-451-0340, or visit our website. We also produce vintage postcard shows featuring Route 66 and other Roadside views along the route, in Feb and August in Springfield MO, in Oct in Joplin MO, and in the Spring in Oklahoma City. Call or email or visit our site for details and vendor info.

  3. June 17, 2007
    Fathers Day Car Show in Orchard Park
    Time: Reg. 8:00 A.M.-12 Noon
    Sponsor: Route 66 Car Club
    Location: Orchard Park, South Service Road, I 44 @ Exit 240 St. Clair, MO
    Details: 29 Classes Open to American Made Stock or Modified cars & trucks up to 1989
    3 Awards per class, plus special awards.
    One entrant will win a Craftsman tool box with a 240 piece tool set.
    Registration 8:00 A.M. till 12 Noon.
    Free Swap Meet–Free Vendor Space
    I 44 Exit 240 @ Hwy. 47 to the South Service Road St. Clair, MO
    Information- Call Steve Cook at 636-629-5445 or call 636-458-6729
    Cost: $15 Entry Fee-$10 Display-$5 Teen- Free Spectator

  4. november 25, 2007
    Tilburg, The Netherlands
    Start of the Roadmusical “Route 66”.
    A tour of 100 shows through The Netherlands.

  5. June 2 Cuba, MO Summer Sesquicentennial KIck-Off along Rt. 66
    Amanda’s birthday bash kicks-off summer fun
    Cuba, MO Amanda Jamison may have lost out on having the new town named after her in 1857, but she will be remembered during Amanda’s Birthday Bash on Saturday, June 2. To kick-off the summer sesquicentennial season, Viva Cuba plans an afternoon and evening of celebratory activities in the Uptown Historic District. Buchanan and Filmore Streets will be closed for special activities, and there will be activities along NW Main.
    The afternoon features a Lion’s Club sponsored Classic Car Show centered around the Washington St. Peoples Bank parking lot. Lion’s Club will also be serving BBQ near their newly renovated den. During the afternoon, Main Street Bakery is planning a community birthday cake.
    During the afternoon, with teams competing to finish first, an Amazing Race will begin with teams performing certain feats and gathering designated information in the area. “Who’s Amanda” will have contestants vying for the title of Amanda. Donahoe’s Bluegrass Band will perform bluegrass favorites during the late afternoon, and Frisco’s will offer horse drawn surrey rides of the historic/mural district from 2:00 until dusk.
    As the afternoon moves into evening, the Libations Beverage tent will open with specialty drinks. Hometowner singer/song writer Leslie Sanazaro, presently of St. Louis, will perform a set of her music. The Pseudo Blues Band, featuring our local drumming dentist Don Fuchs, will ramp up by playing an evening of hits from 8 to 10 o’clock.
    Musical performances are free during the day and evening. Planning is continuing for the day, and event times will be published later. It is hoped that merchants will participate with special sales or displays of their own, and that locals and visitors will turn out to see the improvements that have been made in the historic area. Mark your calendar and bring a lawn chair for an afternoon of family fun, and evening of music and dancing under the stars.

    Who’s Amanda?
    Before Cuba was surveyed in 1857, George Jamison operated a store and post office just west of the present Cuba. It was called Amanda after his wife. Anticipating the Pacific Railroad reaching the area, surveyors Trask and Ferguson platted a new town, consisting of 32 blocks, near Amanda. The question was whether to keep the name of Amanda or give the new town its own identity. Some favored the familiar Amanda while others came up with the name of Cuba after the island, which had been fighting Spain for its independence and had been visited by 49ers, who had noted its beauty. Legend has it that a stick was thrown and if it fell one way, the name Amanda would remain. If it fell the over way, Cuba would be the town’s name. We all know the outcome of that fateful stick.
    The Cuba business district grew facing the railroad. After Rt. 66 was built through the town, business development expanded to the north of the tracks along the new road. Because the of the influence of the railroad and the Rt. 66, both are featured on the Sesquicentennial Coin that was produced by the Cuba Lion’s Club. Today, the Rt. 66 Scenic Byway brings many visitors from all over the world to town to view Cuba’s outdoor murals and visit other area attractions. Due to a Community Block Grant and citizens putting their money where their hearts are, the uptown area is experiencing a renaissance, which Viva Cuba would like to showcase during the June 2 Amanda’s Birthday Bash.

  6. May 4th – 6th is the clasic cars Rt 66 Fun Run from Seligman to Topoc. They usually come here to Oatman on Sunday and have a big show in Kingman on Saturday.

    Of course, April 27th – 29th is the Laughlin River Run, and they always take a trec up to Oatman where our little bitty town has well over 15k Harleys each day. Many travel on to Kingman via 66 to Rt 66 Harley shop.

  7. cruise in nights 2007
    sat. aug. 25 2007
    sonic drive in
    springfield rd sullivan mo 63080
    on route 66
    free sonic gift cards for the drivers
    any questions call 573-8602910 or 573-468-4491

  8. Saturday September 8th from 9 AM until 7 PM
    Halltown MO Route 66 Days 5 miles East of Mickey
    Owens Baseball Camp on Historic 266! Breakfast,
    food vendors, Antique trucks and cars, Live music,
    funnel cakes, Rare Route 66 Collectible Booth Open,
    and much more ! For more info call Barbara Reyelts

  9. I have a 22 year old nephew in naples italy visiting me october. He will be here from the 6th to the 16th. He would love to drive a 1967 mustang down route 66. I live in springfield mo. about a mile from old route 66 (west chestnut expressway) Anyone having any idea how to go about renting one or willing to take a ride for a mile or two in you 67 mustang. It would definitely make a dream come true. They can contact me at Or call at 417-831-3314 thanks for any help.

  10. How much of the southwest portion of 66 (CA/AZ/NM/TX/OK) is driveable in the winter months — specifically, Dec/Jan? I’m planning to drive along it this coming winter. Any events in that time? Dilip D’Souza,, Bombay India

  11. As for events in December and January, there are few except for local Christmas festivals, which are nice.

    As for weather at that time, it’s unpredictable. Generally speaking, most days from Oklahoma to California that time of year might be cold, but certainly driveable. But you will occasionally have snowstorms in all of those states, especially in the higher elevations. So it’s smart to pay attention to the local weather forecasts each day and plan accordingly.

  12. May 3 & 4 2008: 2nd annual Illinios Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Event. Craft Fairs, Car Shows, Carnivals,Town wide garage sales, Scavanger Hunts, Live Music, Food, Fun & Friends. 90 miles of fun on Route 66 between the towns of Joliet & Towanda, IL.

    Check out what each town has to offer at:

  13. How are you doing? this is jerry jess of the AridZona Bus Club we have spoken before hope all is well when will you be near Phoenix

    I own the Grateful Dead bus

  14. June 15, 2008
    Fathers Day Car Show in Orchard Park
    Time: Reg. 8:00 A.M.-12 Noon
    Sponsor: Route 66 Car Club
    Location: Orchard Park, South Service Road, I 44 @ Exit 240 St. Clair, MO
    Details: 29 Classes Open to American Made Stock or Modified cars & trucks up to 1989
    3 Awards per class, plus special awards.
    One entrant will win a Mini Gas Pump donated by the late Dan Mercadnate
    Registration 8:00 A.M. till 12 Noon.
    Free Swap Meet–Free Vendor Space
    I 44 Exit 240 @ Hwy. 47 to the South Service Road St. Clair, MO
    Information- Call Steve Cook at 636-629-5445
    Cost: $15 Entry Fee-$10 Display-$5 Teen- Free Spectator

  15. Entries are now being accepted for the photography contest being held in conjunction with the Route 66 celebration in Riverton, Kansas June 12-14, 2008.

    Photographs will be on display Thursday and Friday evenings and all day Saturday. Come by and cast your vote for your favorite photo and help it win the People’s Choice Award.

    Entry deadline is May 31, 2008.

    Download an entry form from one of the two formats on the website

    There are severeal categories for photos and a special category for pictures from along Route 66, “Life on Route 66”
    It is a contest open to amature photographers of all ages.

    Information can be found at There is a contest link and more information is available there.

    Just to let you know, maybe you can pass on the word.



  16. I was wondering who will be attending the Fun Run in Kingman this year. It would be great to put a face to the names I see here and in comments.
    If you have questions aboth the event I see Ron has a link to the Route 66 Arizona Association. Additionaly, I posted the official poster on my blog –
    At the event I should be easy to find. I will either be driving Barney the Wonder Truck (a 1968 Dodge Adventurer) or the family truckster (a 1988 Ford LTD Crown Victoria Country Squire station wagon).
    The later has a unique camo paint scheme. The clear coat is gone and many years in the desert has left it looking like a multi hued blue barge. Hence the camo comment – I can park this beast in any lake in the country and no one would notice.

  17. Cuba, Missouri is gearing up for the Annual Crawford County Fair to be held July 16th thru July 19th, 2008. This year’s fair promises to be filled with fun and excitement for the whole family. Headlining our entertainment this year are Tracy Byrd on Friday, July 18th and The Bellamay Brother and Joe Diffie on stage Saturday, July 19th. Our arena events will include two thrilling night of Championship Bull Riding, Truck and Tractor Pulls, Go Cart Races and a huge Logging Rodeo. Our exhibit hall hosts a wide variety of displays from our local 4H Clubs, Girl and Boy Scouts and crafters. We also take pride in our 4H Livestock Auction which is one of the largest in the state of Missouri. The Crawford County Fair is located at Hood Park in Cuba, Missouri, directly off of Historic Route 66. For more information about events and tickets please call the Cuba Area Chamber of Commerce at 573-855-2531. You can also check out our website at See you at the fair.

  18. Aug 15 – 17 2008, Joplin, MO Hammons Convention Center
    1st Annual Corvette Weekend, hosted by 4-State Vettes & Ozarks Public Television. A fun packed weekend to enjoy with other corvette enthusiasts. Includes cruises on Route 66, Route 66 Drive In movie, meeting Tow Tater, Golf, Car Show, Poker Run and much more. Trophies, prizes for all events! Dash plaques and t-shirts to 1st 100 registered.”Kickin’ it on Route 66″

  19. Crawford County Fair and Mid-Missouri Off Roaders presents a MUD BOG and FAST TRACK October 11, 2008 at Hood Park in Cuba, Missouri. Race starts at noon. Tech times 8am to 11am late 11am to 11:30am. Admission 13 and older-$10.00, 6 to 12 $5.00, 5 and under free. For more information please visit the MMOR web site or call Gary at 636-583-2653.

  20. Can anyone help me with a website to pre-register for the 2009 Route66 drive across country rally. Where to go for the forms.??? Are they starting in CA or IL.???? We need to register a vintage car for the drive and show. Please let me know ASAP. Thank you.

  21. “Echo’s of Route 66”, a display of fine art photography from the western portions of Route 66 will be on display at Boomer’s Coffeehouse, 220 East A Street, Upland, Ca. (in the historic Upland Train depot) from March 1 – 29, 2009. The show is free.

  22. Crawford County Fair is excited to present the 1st annual Route 66 Barbeque Challenge to held on Saturday July 18, 2009. Great times and live music by the Franklin Street Blues Band. Barbeque teams from all over are invited to compete in the areas of chicken, pork ribs, and pork steaks. Entry fee is $25 per category or $65 for all three categories. Trophies and prize money awarded. For more information, please contact Billy Edgar- or 573-205-0504.

  23. To raise funds for upkeep or Route 66, there should be the world’s longest yard sale, like the 127 sale which runs from AL to KY.

  24. Route 66 Association of Missouri Motor Tour
    Sept. 11 12 13. Kick off in Joplin Overnight
    Lebanon end Pacific MO. Come join us we
    have great stops along the way.
    Kip Welborn or Jane Dippel
    We would love to have you with us!
    314-776-7385 314-843-7132

  25. Ron, thanks for doing this outstanding job. Your site is truly the NEWS of Route 66!!!

    Thanks and keep up the great job.


    The Crawford County Fair Board would like to welcome you to the 2009 Crawford County Fair to be held July 15th thru July 18th at Hood Park in Cuba, Missouri. Celebrating our 63rd year, the members of the Crawford County Fair Board strive to provide the community with family orientated entertainment at the lowest possible price. While many of the surrounding fairs have opted to raise their prices this year, our season passes will remain the same low price of $20, with children ten and under admitted free. Carnival arm band tickets are honored all four night so kids (and adults) can ride all night long for the low price of $12.
    The fair will open with the annual Parade on Wednesday July 15 beginning at 6PM from Britton’s Funeral Home and traveling down Historic Route 66 to Rutz Road. After the parade, plan on coming to Hood Park for an evening filled with a diverse variety of entertainment. On the main stage we will have members of the Warrior Scholar Kenpo Karate School giving a demonstration followed by the Queen Talent Contest. The arena event for Wednesday evening is the ever popular CRAWFORD COUNTY FAIR CHAMPIONSHIP BULL RIDING, with riders coming from all over the country to participate.
    Thursday brings the completion of the Bull Riding event in the arena, along with the Baby Contest, Prince and Princess Contest and Queen Contest all on the main stage beginning at 5:30pm. Thursday morning is the judging of market hogs, pee wee piggy and open hog class, dairy goats and sheep are also judged that afternoon. Plan to stop by the exhibit hall for the flower show and also to see the entries in a variety of other departments. The 7TH ANNUAL HORSE AND PONY SHOW will take place in the Ed Mitchell Arena beginning at 5pm. This is a show well worth watching.
    Plan to get there early Friday to see the poultry and rabbit shows beginning at 9am. Beef, dairy, bucket calf and market steer shows run all afternoon starting at 1pm with awards following at approximately 5:30pm. The Crawford County Fair is proud to support our local 4H and FFA members. They work hard all year long to get ready for these shows. Friday evening brings ALDERWOOD to the main stage at 7pm and the TRUCK AND TRACTOR PULLS to the arena. The tractor pull competition begins at 5pm with the peddle tractor pull and the Classic and Antique Tractor Show, continuing through the evening as the “big boys” come to the arena to see just how far they can pull that sled.
    Saturday morning at 9am the History of Logging comes to life with the ANNUAL LOGGING RODEO. Watch seasoned loggers compete in a variety of events. New this year is the ROUTE 66 BBQ CHALLENGE. Come watch the excitement as BBQ specialist from all over the state compete for the title of the Route 66 BBQ Grand Champion. The livestock auction begins at 1pm. Serious bidding is definitely on the agenda for this auction as 4H and FFA member sell their livestock. Get ready for some crash and burn fun as Auto Race Promotions comes to our arena with a DUAL DEMOLATION DERBY beginning at 7pm. Main stage entertainment starts at 7pm with Nex-Ta-Kin opening for CRAIG MORGAN who brings songs like Redneck Yacht Club and International Harvester to our venue.
    So as the long, hot days of summer approach be sure to keep your calendar open July 15th thru July 18th and plan to attend the 63rd Annual Crawford County Fair. We promise to have some “Fun In The Sun For Everyone”. For ticket information or more information about a particular event you can call the Cuba Tourism Center at 573-885-2531. Check out our website at http://www.crawford county for up to date information. Please remember that the fair would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers and sponsors who support us throughout the year. Without their help our fair would not be possible. SEE YOU AT THE FAIR!

  27. Please post the Chill’n On Beale Street event on August 15th in Downtown Kingman Arizona. Sponsored by the Kingman Route 66 Association. It’s a block party with classic cars, great food, games and music.

  28. I run Gallup Map Company in Kansas City. It dates back to 1875 and has been in my family since 1968. I have recently discovered hundereds of original map drawings,(pen and ink) and I am making reproductions of them.

    One map in particular might interest Route 66 enthusiasts. It is an early 1900-1910 map of the US before the highway numbering system of 1922. It is completely hand drawn and labeled. It names all the old auto routes and marked trails. Trails such as the Old Spanish Trail, Santa Fe Trail, Ozark Trail, Ntl Old Trails Road and more. It also lists the old highways such as Dixie Hwy, Jefferson Highway, Postal Highway, Lincoln Hwy and more. In all, it labels and illustrates more than 50 old trails and highways.

    I have placed the RT 66 shield all along the former trails that make up Route 66. I have added color to the map to make it look decorative and beautiful. I also added several discriptions and illustrations of the road signs that were used to identify the roads and trails. Other than these upgrades to the map, the cartography was untouched. When you look at it you can see you’re looking at a map that is 100 years old.

    I will be making reproductions of this map available for anyone who would like to have one for your home.

    Thanks to the modern map programs, I can also make a custom one-of-a-kind map for anyone who loves to travel off the interstates and explore the old roads. I am able to place a photo of your car or motorcycle, along with your name and year/model of your car, right on the map. This map could be mounted and framed and push pins used to record the segments of the old roads you have already traveled. What a great conversation piece! You can get one for yourself or give one as a gift.

    I am putting the finishing touches on the map right now. I was hoping to see if people would be interested in this old map. Until I recently found this map in my shop’s storage area, it had not been seen for at least 50 years, maybe even 80. It was replaced by another drawing I also have that shows the highway numbering system from the mid 1920’s.

    If you want to contact me, I can be reached at 816-842-1994.


    Pat Carroll
    Gallup Map Co.

  29. There will be a new radio show called Route 66 to air on NewsTalk KZRG in Joplin Mo. The show will air Sat nights 8p-12a, starting Jan 2010.

  30. Saturday September 11, 2010 the Halltown Volunteer Fire Department will host the Firefighters Appreciation Fundraiser Event at Snyders Country Music Park – this is located from Hwy 266 in Halltown MO take Hwy Z 5 miles N to Hwy MM 1/4 mile North. Large shaded park, stage area, restrooms, etc. The Firefighters will begin serving food at 1 pm till ? At 5 pm will be drawings & Auction. Follow our signs, and join us Route 66 Travelers, we sould love to have you.
    This park has an old one room school and host bluegrass, country, and gospel events yearly. Our meal price is $5 so stop, sit awhile and enjoy. Plenty of parking room!


    Welcome to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital Route 66 Motorcycle Challenge
    Our aim is to help sick children by making their stay in hospital less distressing for them and their families, by funding the purchase of medical equipment, developing new services, fund research and develop new treatment facilities.

    Always with us are those we represent, the fantastic children of Temple Street Children’s Hospital, the magnificent staff who care for them and the many people who support us in our fundraising for this great Hospital. They are our Biker Buddies and on their behalf the Irish 66′ers have so far raised €1.5 million euro on our four, previous Challenges. With our 5th on the horizon, we look forward to flying a wonderful Temple Street Flag.

  32. May 7 Route 66 Mural City Party to roll out good time

    The Viva Cuba beautification organization invites friends, family, and supporters to buy one of the only 300 tickets sold to the Route 66 Mural City Party on Saturday, May 7th at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Cuba, Missouri.
    The ticket admits two people to the dinner, dance, and other festivities. The ticket will give one of the 300 purchasers a chance to win $10,000. Event proceeds will help Viva Cuba pay for mural maintenance and other beautification projects.
    Last year, the event, under the sponsorship of the Crawford County Foundation, was the Black and Gold Ball and benefited the high school track. This year Viva Cuba is hosting the fundraiser, which will follow the basic guidelines of last year’s event.
    An added attraction this year is the Chair-i-table Auction of chairs designed and painted by artists. This year the Chair-i-table Auction will be held at the Route 66 Mural City Party with partygoers able to view the chairs and bid during the silent auction.
    Scott and Jason Holland will MC the event and keep things lively and the music hopping. Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of March. Partygoers are urged to buy tickets early as they sell out quickly, and there will be a waiting list. Viva Cuba members and the banks will have tickets for sale.
    Viva Cuba hopes that the community uses this as an opportunity to get together with friends, family, and even old classmates to have a fun night and a 1-in-300 chance to win $10,000. Mark your calendar now for a good time on May 7.
    Visit for details

  33. I would like to see a electron newsletter to be sent out to notify interested people of events. Also, using is a good way of sharing information about Route 66 and increasing
    Posted at: 01/06/2011 7:56 AM
    By: The Associated Press


    Four sites in New Mexico could be eligible.

    That’s according to Kara Miyagishima of the Park Service’s Intermountain Region in Denver.

    The agency plans meetings this winter in Denver, Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Omaha, Neb., for applicants under the Japanese American Confinement Sites program in fiscal year 2011, the program’s third year.

    In its first two years, it awarded more than $3.8 million to governments and groups working to preserve sites.

    (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

    The Route 66 Storyteller

    Whatever happened to the barefoot shoeshine boy on old route 66? He rose through the ranks to become the owner of the iconic Club Café in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, where he rode the wave of the nostalgic Mother Road that became the rage of the age. He is Ron Chavez, writer of fiction and poetry set on this dramatic corridor.

    The purpose of this feature-length documentary is to preserve the stories of a man who has lived to tell and immortalize his true-life experiences on this old byway, since 1942.

    We seek funding for this special project to commemorate for all time the color and pageantry that enchanted America’s road warriors for six decades, since 1926.
    Check Kickstarter under the title Route 66 Storyteller for pledge support starting March 15, 2012. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  35. You might want to add the Harley Owners Group is having their AZ State Rally in Williams, AZ from June 7-9.

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