LEBANON, Missouri- The Lebanon Route 66 Festival Committee held its first meeting this past Wednesday to plan the 2017 festival, which will be held June 16-17, Father’s Day weekend, the same weekend that Hillbilly Days was held in the past.
The festival’s theme will be “Celebrating 100 years of The Ozark Trail,” commemorating the 100th anniversary of the meeting in Amarillo, Texas, that put Lebanon on The Ozark Trail, which became Route 66 a decade later.
Activities on the Friday afternoon and evening will be held at the iconic Munger Moss Motel. Activities all day Saturday will be held at Boswell Park, which now has a Route 66 theme. Both sites are on historic Route 66.
The festival will include music, food, craft booths, Route 66-memorabilia booths, classic cars, family games and a family-oriented movie Saturday evening. The last two Route 66 murals also will be unveiled on the Saturday. Details will be announced as plans are finalized.
Route 66 festivals previously were held in Lebanon from 2001 to 2009.
This year’s event is sponsored by the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society in partnership with the Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department. Ramona Lehman is chairman of the Friday activities; Loretta Young and Brenda Nutter are chairmen of the Saturday activities.