Edwardsville Route 66 Festival could draw thousands

Participants crusing in the Kicks on Route 66 Ultra Car Show and Cruise in Edwardsville Saturday. In back is a 1957 Chevrolet while in front is a modern Chevrolet Camaro. Sandwiched between them is a new Toyota Supra.

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Get ready as classic and custom cars will descend upon Edwardsville later this month in time for the annual Edwardsville Route 66 Festival.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 11 in downtown Edwardsville. Most of the events are contained on the grounds of Edwardsville City Park, except for the 10K run, car show and car cruise. City Park will host live stage entertainment, food and beverage vendors, shopping and more.

Classic and custom cars will assemble and be on display at Cassens Transport, located at 145 N. Kansas St., and the MCT Park and Ride Lots accessible from Kansas Street less than a block away from the festival. One of the most popular attractions for the Edwardsville Route 66 Festival is the classic car cruise that makes its way through town for adoring car fans of all ages to enjoy. The cruise will begin following a car show sponsored by the Goshen Rotary. The car show and cruise registration begin at 3 p.m, the show is from 4 to 6 p.m. and the car cruise departs promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Event sponsors this year include Cork Tree Creative; Irwin Chapel; Crawford, Murphy and Tilly (CMT); Republic Services; Southern Illinois Pediatric Dentistry; Superior Products; McAlister’s Deli; BJ’s Printables; Busey Bank; Madison Mutual Insurance Company; Solution Roofing; J.F. Electric; Phillips 66; Gori Law; Edwardsville Bank; and Utilitra.

Event Schedule:

8: a.m. – Metro Milers 10k run

10a.m. – Festival Opens

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Marketplace Vendors

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Family Zone (Inflatables, Children’s Museum, YMCA, Edwardsville Art Center, Face Painter)

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Open Mic Event at the Bandstand

Noon to 4 p.m. – Petting Zoo

2 to 4 p.m. – Matt Taul Group

3 p.m. – Car show, cruise registration opens

4 p.m. – Car show opens

4 to 6 p.m. – The Nudge Band

6:30 p.m. – Car Cruise

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Midnight Piano Band

9 to 11 p.m. – Dirty Muggs

11:30 p.m. – Festival Closes