Lebanon will celebrate its history along “The Main Street of America” during its 11th Route 66 Festival, scheduled Friday and Saturday at two locations along the famous highway.
“This is a good opportunity to celebrate our history and our rich, local heritage of Route 66,” said Loretta Young, chairman of the Route 66 Society’s Festival Committee.
The festival kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday at the 72-year-old Munger Moss Motel — one of only a handful of existing Lebanon businesses that were operating on Route 66 before it was bypassed by Interstate 44 in 1957. Events include a cruise-in of antique, classic and custom cars, food and other vendors. Live music will be performed throughout the evening by Jess McEntire and the US 66 Band from Nashville.
Cars participating in the cruise-in are asked to park in the Munger Moss parking lot. Others should park across the street at the old Forest Manor Motel and up and down Route 66.
Several nearby businesses are planning a “Route 66 Block Party” Friday evening with additional events for festival-goers.
On Saturday, the festival moves to Boswell Park, which has been redeveloped with a Route 66 theme, including three murals depicting Lebanon’s Route 66 history. Activities begin at 9 a.m., when craft booths and memorabilia vendors open.
All events are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, as no formal seating is available.