2014 KS Route 66 Festival


The Kansas Historic Route 66 Association is excited to announce the first Kansas Route 66 Festival to be held August 1-2, 2014. The two-day event will be headquartered in Downtown Galena and offer food, fun, and activities geared at celebrating the 13.2 miles of Route 66 that runs through Kansas and include neighboring tri-state communities stretching from Carthage, MO to Miami, OK. Featured events include a 66-mile car cruise, BBQ Cook Off Challenge, Golf Tournament, Civil War Encampment, Quilt Show, and Sock Hop. The Festival will kick off in Galena on Friday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and continue on Saturday, August 2 with events starting at 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

66-Mile Cruise

The 66-Mile Cruise will be held on Saturday, August 2, beginning at the Phillips 66 Station in Baxter Springs, KS and ending at Cars on the Route in Galena, KS. The car cruise is free of charge and open to the public. Cruise participants may register on Friday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. in downtown Galena or the following morning at 9:00 a.m. at the Phillips 66 Station in Baxter Springs, the official starting point. Passports and Dash Plaques will be issued Saturday morning at the station, and Cruisers are encouraged to visit participating businesses and other locations along the route to have their passports stamped. Cruisers with fully-completed passports will be entered into a drawing for various prizes to be presented at Saturday night’s award ceremony.

Proclamation by Mayor of Baxter Springs, KS

At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning Baxter Springs Mayor Randy Treece will issue a proclamation changing the name — unofficially — of Baxter Springs to ‘Radiat’r Springs’ for the day to bolster participation in the Kansas Route 66 Festival. The name of the fictional town ‘Radiator Springs’ in the animated movie Cars is said to be based on multiple real places visited by a Pixar team on a five-state research trip that took them through Baxter Springs, Kansas and countless other small towns along the way. The movie’s success generated a resurgence of public interest in Route 66.

BBQ Cook-Off Challenge

Time to fire up the pit and cook that barbecue your friends say is the best they’ve ever had! The Kansas Historic Route 66 Association is proud to announce its first ever Route 66 BBQ Cook-Off Challenge. Eager participants may register on Friday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. in Downtown Galena, and on Saturday at 11: a.m. the public is invited to sample and judge all the glorious offerings for the nominal price of $4 per person. Entry fee for contestants is $50. Meat categories include chicken, pork ribs, and beef brisket. Top prizes to be awarded are a $500 Grand Prize for best-all-around BBQ across all categories and the People’s Choice Award. $150 cash prizes will be awarded to winners in each of the three meat categories. Complete cook off details as well as contest rules can be found on the Association’s website.

Civil War Encampment

The Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum will open its doors to Festival participants and commemorate southeast Kansas history during the Route 66 Festival with Civil War reenactors and history buffs assembled at the Fort Blair site in Baxter Springs on Saturday, August 2, for a living history encampment.




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