Events will range from garage sales, auto racing and an electric car
show to art exhibits and the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame Banquet.
Festivities will begin with the annual Route 66 Garage Sale, which
will take place from 7 a.m. until dusk Friday, Saturday and Sunday
This year, vendors can rent indoor or outdoor space at the VFW,
915 Fifth St., or flea market space at The Mill, 738 S. Washington
St. For reservations at the VFW, or general information about the
garage sales, call Andrea Dykman at 217-735-0294. The Logan County
Tourism Bureau at 217-732-8687 is taking reservations for spaces at
For the first time, Logan County Outreach, a community betterment
organization, and Lincoln Printers will host the Route 66 Garage
Private garage sales will also take place throughout the
community. Those planners are urged to use traditional news and
social media outlets to advertise their sales.
On Friday night, race fans can watch the POWRi competition at
Lincoln Speedway on the Logan County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 3
p.m., with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.
The Mill 2nd Saturday Flea Market on June 8 is the premiere event
for a series of flea markets there on the second Saturday of each
month through October. The flea market will run from 10 a.m. until 5
The Lincoln Art Institute gallery at 112 S. McLean St. in
downtown Lincoln will be open on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Main Street Lincoln will sponsor a PLUS 5K run and health fair in
downtown Lincoln on Saturday.
Also on Saturday, an Electric Vehicle Cruise-In will take place
from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. along the original Mother Road in historic
downtown Atlanta. The free public cruise-in is sponsored by the
Atlanta Betterment Fund.
After it was commissioned in 1926, Route 66 was responsible for a
huge increase in automobile traffic that led to the need for
businesses to serve the traveling public. Among these new businesses
were service stations.
Now, Route 66 is poised to help create the next big
transportation infrastructure -- charging stations for electric
vehicles. Atlanta is interested in helping other Route 66
communities discover how to better serve the traveling public that
will be searching for an electric plug-in instead of a gas pump.
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The June 8 Electric Vehicle Cruise-in, Illinois' first, will
display some cool EV cars and offer a chance to learn more about how
the Mother Road is working to give birth to a new travel
All electric and hybrid cars are invited to participate in the
cruise-in. The event will also feature vintage music, great food, a
50-50 drawing and hourly drawings.
Atlanta offers two Level 2 Eaton charging stations, available by
advance reservation at no fee. There are also 16 Level 1 charging
stations available at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information about the cruise-in, or to make reservations
to use the Level 2 charger, contact Bill Thomas of the Atlanta
Betterment Fund at 217-648-5077 or
Atlanta will also exhibit the results of its first Rt. 66
Reinterpreted Art Project from May 1 through Aug. 13.
Modeled on Chicago's "Cows on Parade" exhibit, the Rt. 66
Reinterpreted Art Project presented artists the opportunity to
create their own take on one of the 20th century's most iconic and
recognizable symbols, the U.S. Route 66 highway shield.
Artists were provided a blank 2-by-2-foot wooden cutout of the
Route 66 highway shield, painted white, which then became their
personal canvas. Each shield was required to incorporate the text
"U.S. 66," but otherwise the design was left to each artist's
The Atlanta Betterment Fund, sponsor of the project, selected 10
shields as finalists. Visitors can vote on their favorites, and
those with the most votes will be named winners of the contest. At
the conclusion of the project, the five winning shields, along with
the names of the artists who created them, will be displayed on a
permanent basis in the Atlanta Rt. 66 Park. For more information,
contact Bill Thomas at the telephone number or email address above.
The annual Route 66 Association of Illinois Motor Tour will pass
through Logan County on Saturday, June 8. Many of the participants
will stay overnight Saturday before continuing the tour on Sunday.
The Route 66 Association Hall of Fame Banquet will take place
Saturday evening at Lincoln College. Advance reservations are
required for the banquet. For more information about either the
banquet or the motor tour, visit the Route 66 Association of
Illinois at il66assoc.org.
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of