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The Kansas Historic Route 66 Association is excited to announce the first Kansas Route 66 Festival to be held August 1-2, 2014. The two-day event will be headquartered in Downtown Galena and offer food, fun, and activities geared at celebrating the 13.2 miles of Route 66 that runs through Kansas and include neighboring tri-state communities stretching from Carthage, MO to Miami, OK. Featured events include a 66-mile car cruise, BBQ Cook Off Challenge, Golf Tournament, Civil War Encampment, Quilt Show, and Sock Hop. The Festival will kick off in Galena on Friday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and continue on Saturday, August 2 with events starting at 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
The 66-Mile Cruise will be held on Saturday, August 2, beginning at the Phillips 66 Station in Baxter Springs, KS and ending at Cars on the Route in Galena, KS. The car cruise is free of charge and open to the public. Cruise participants may register on Friday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. in downtown Galena or the following morning at 9:00 a.m. at the Phillips 66 Station in Baxter Springs, the official starting point. Passports and Dash Plaques will be issued Saturday morning at the station, and Cruisers are encouraged to visit participating businesses and other locations along the route to have their passports stamped. Cruisers with fully-completed passports will be entered into a drawing for various prizes to be presented at Saturday night’s award ceremony.