The Birthplace of Route 66 Festival is entering its double digit anniversary by moving to a later weekend in August and expanding the opportunities for the public to become involved with the event.
The festival, August 14 & 15, 2020, will offer a wide variety of music, completely free, which will be headlined by Sixwire featuring former Kansas singer John Elefante.
Like last year, the event will also feature a number of local and regional bands, such as The Rosy Hips, Machine Gun Symphony, and the Dirty Saints.
Returning in 2020 is the Mother Roadster Foundation’s raffle to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. The group will raffle a 1932 Ford Roadster with all the proceeds benefiting Shriners Children’s Hospitals. It will be the third car raffled by the group at the Route 66 festival. The previous two raffles raised a total of $70,000 for the children’s hospitals.
The Authors, Artists, Collectors, & Associations Expo at The Old Glass Place will return, as will Vendor Village and the 6.6K Run/3.3K Walk. Motorcycle Village will return with a poker run, Globe of Steel, live music, and motorcycle-geared entertainment.
New to the event is the Great Route 66 Talent Search. The event, for all ages and genres, will have the artists performing for a panel of judges who will choose the competition’s semi-finalists. Those semi-finalists will then perform on Park Center Square’s stage to identify 10 finalists that will compete for a grand prize.
Details of the event are available on the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival website.