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April 23, 2014, 9:00 am
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Springfield Gearing Up for Mother Road Festival


The International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
September 21-23 in Downtown Springfield. More details here

Springfield is gearing up for the International Route 66 Mother Road Festival set for next weekend.

 

The three days of festivities will include a cruise, live music and a classic car and truck show featuring 1,000 vehicles competing in over 40 different categories.

 

Organizers expect 80,000 visitors to the festival from all around the country and around the world.

 

The festival teamed with Land of Lincoln Honor Flight as the official charity for this year's event.

 

Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says that the event highlights Springfield as a crucial piece of history for the historic route and he's seen the significance of Route 66 in places as far away as Hong Kong.

 

He also couldn't quantify the amount of tax dollars the festival will bring to the capital city but says that this event and other attractions help add to the more than $80 million tourism industry for the capital city.

 

The International Route 66 Mother Road Festival takes place September 21st through the 23rd. For more information, visit Route66Fest.com

 

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