LEBANON, Missouri-  A contest to choose a slogan for promoting Route 66 in Lebanon and Laclede County is being sponsored by the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society.

The creator of the best slogan will receive $66.

The Route 66 Society board agreed today (Tuesday) to hold the contest after President Bill Jones suggested that Lebanon needs a Route 66 slogan like the “Birthplace of Route 66” slogan Springfield has adopted.

 Lebanon has had many slogans through the years, including “The Magnetic City,” “The Gem of the Ozarks,” “Our Town Your Town” and the current “Friendly People. Friendly place.” The Route 66 slogan would not replace the official city slogan but would be used by the Route 66 Society and others to promote local activities involving the historic highway,

The slogan should reflect the roles Lebanon and Laclede County have played in the history of Route 66.

Entries, along with contact information, may be emailed to LebanonRoute66@gmail.com or mailed to the Route 66 Society at P.O. Box 66, Lebanon, Mo. 65536. Entries must be received by Oct. 27 to be considered at the board’s next meeting on Nov. 7.

In other tourism-related business, the board discussed updating a Historic Route 66 Map of Laclede County first produced in 2003 and possibly restoring a vintage bus owned by Jones for guided tours of Route 66 in Laclede County. The board also named a committee to meet with officials of the Lebanon-Laclede County Library, which operates the Lebanon Route 66 Museum. Another committee will meet with the owner of a Route 66 landmark in Laclede County to discuss the possibility of restoring the exterior.

One of the goals of the Route 66 Society is to serve as ambassadors when Route 66 tour groups visit Laclede County. In the past month, society members have greeted the Heart of the Ozarks chapter of the Model T Ford Club of America, the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the Pontiac-Oakland Club International and the National Route 66 Motor Tour.

The board agreed to have a booth to sell 2018 memberships and Route 66 Festival T-shirts Oct. 14 when the Route 66 Billboard Association holds a “Route 66 Parking Lot Party” from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Munger Moss Motel. The event also will serve as a birthday party for Munger Moss co-owner Bob Lehman.

The five-member “Okie Stampede” will provide music during the afternoon, and Jess McEntire and J.D. Jarrell of the US 66 Band will perform in the evening. Classic cars and Route 66 vendors will be on hand, and food will be available.

 The Route 66 Society also will participate in the Lebanon Christmas Parade on Nov. 18.

Also at the meeting, the board heard a report that work on recreating the artwork for the third Route 66 mural at Boswell Park is under way. The art for the “Nelson Family Legacy” mural was drawn by Lebanon artist Angela Shadel, and mural contractor Paul Whitehill is having it recreated to mural specifications by a California graphics company. Whitehill reported by text that a proof should be ready soon.

Once approved, the artwork will be sent to Spain for the image to be kiln-fired into ceramic tiles, a process that takes about six weeks. A donor-recognition ceremony will be held when the mural is unveiled.

Today’s meeting was attended by 10 board members, one ex-officio board member and six society members and guests. The next meeting will be at 9 a.m. Nov. 7 at West Side Café. All Route 66 Society members are welcome at board meetings.

Membership forms for 2018 can be found at https://www.lebanonroute66.com/site/forms/membership_services/subscribe/.