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Illinois Route 66 gearing up for the Mother Road Show

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[September 17, 2016]  On September 23-25, 2016, the International Route 66 Mother Road Festival presented by COOL 93.9, will be featuring over 1000 cool cars and 80,000 spectators rolling into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown. Be sure to attend for a weekend of family fun in the sun and non-stop live music and entertainment!

Now in its 15th year, the International Route 66 Mother Road Festival presented by COOL 93.9, features over 1000 classic cars from 20 states that flock to historic Downtown Springfield (between Washington & Capitol and 4th & 7th Streets) each Fall for a beautiful weekend celebrating the Mother Road. Come celebrate the golden age of Route 66...the cars, the music, the food, the friends - all brought together along Illinois Route 66.

On Friday night, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. is the Rt. 66 City Nights Cruise for Crime Stoppers. Over 1,000 classic cars cruise the city streets! A $5 Donation to Crime Stoppers of Sangamon & Menard counties is encouraged.

Saturday's activities begin at 11 a.m. and run until 10 p.m. and Sunday the festival hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visit the Travel Illinois Expo, sponsored by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, showcasing unique travel opportunities to Route 66 motorists traveling through Illinois communities along the Mother Road. There is plenty of live entertainment on the Hot Rod Stage with classic hits from the 50s, 60s & 70s.

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  For the car enthusiasts, check out the gorgeous rides in the Monet of Cars - all cars on display from local philanthropist Dick Levi's private collection. Enjoy the Horsepower Alley featuring the Burnout Competition. Visit the Performance Marketplace for the restoration enthusiast. There will be vendors on display throughout the downtown. The event features over 50 classes of car awards with CASI certified national judging. New classes of judging have been added for 2016. For more information and for those interested in displaying their vehicles, online registration is available at or call 317-236-6515.

[Geoff Ladd, Project Administrator, Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway]

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