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 in Lincoln.
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 The Mill.
For the first time, Logan County
Outreach, a community betterment organization, and Lincoln Printers
will host the Route 66 Garage Sale.
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 p.m.
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.
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 infrastructure.
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.
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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
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
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 imagination.
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