An entire gamut of activities is being planned for the 26th Annual Route 66 Summerfest event set for Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 in the Rolla Downtown Festival lots.
The family-oriented event will be filled with activities, food and music for Friday evening and all day Saturday.
Summerfest, as always will kick off with the Route 66 Cruise-In of classic cars, custom cars and motorcycles. The vehicles will gather from 4-6 p.m. at the St. James Visitor Center. Cars will begin to line up at 5:45 p.m. and cruise to the Rolla Festival Lots to be displayed for attendees.
The Miss Route 66 Scholarship Pageant will be held where five area young ladies will compete.
In the meantime, in the Rolla Downtown Festival Lots, Trilogy will play music beginning at 4 p.m.in the food court followed by the Drummers Competition at 8:30 p.m.
The arts & crafts booths, along with the food court, will be open at 4 p.m. on Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
More crafts vendor spaces are open for Saturday. Craft vendors are encouraged to contact committee members Rachel at 573-368-4656 or Dawn at 573-308-7511. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
Most of the children’s activities will be open from 4-9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday.
New this year will be the rock climbing wall adventures and paddle boat rides, both days.
The Friday night Movie Under the Stars set for 9 p.m. will be the anticipated new release, the 2020 American computer-animated jukebox musical comedy, “Trolls World Tour.” The music and movie are free of charge. Families are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
An extensive Health & Safety Plan will be in place throughout the entire event. Coordinating with the Phelps County Health Department and the City of Rolla, the Summerfest committee will have hand sanitizing stations, volunteers to ensure social distancing and the cleaning of tables and food stations.
Attendees are expected to assume personal responsibility for the safety of the community. Masks are encouraged.
The family-oriented bicycle ride, the Tour de Phelps leisurely bike ride will be held on Saturday morning. Participants will meet at 8:15 a.m. at Matt’s Steakhouse parking lot on the South Outer Road of Interstate 44, ride to the St. James Police Department and back to Matt’s. Bike helmets are required.
Activities will resume at 8 a.m. Saturday in downtown Rolla with the Classic Car Show on Pine Street. Registrations will be open until noon. For more information contact Jim Larson at 573-364-0865.
The Motorcycle show will begin at 10 a.m. on Pine Street.
The arts & crafts vendors, pony rides and children’s activities will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the downtown festival lots. The rock wall climbing venture, the paddle boats and the Summerfest Express barrel train rides will be open from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
A Beer & Wine Garten, featuring Spenser Manor Winery and Meramec Vineyards, will be held from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. There will be only one entry point for this venue.
The kids tricycle and bicycle rides will be held under the Tenth Street bridge. Participants should meet at 11 a.m. Parents must register their child. The event is for children up to 10 years of age.
The Crazy Funny Dog Show will be held at noon and music in the food court is scheduled from noon – 3 p.m. by the band Alter-K-Shon.
The motorcycle Poker Run will be held at 1:30 p.m. with the ever-popular Burn Out contest at 6 p.m. under the Tenth Street bridge.
Social distancing must be maintained during this event or the all-volunteer committee will be required to shut down the activities.
The free Concert Under the Stars will be held immediately after the Burn Out contest at 7:30 p.m. with the Travis Dean and the Highway 39 Band. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.
For more information log on to www.route66summerfest.com.
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