By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2013
(L to R): Cindy McDonald, chair of the Route 66 committee; Sheri Waldrop, director of Sapulpa Arts; and Annette Bowles, director of Sapulpa Main Street.
The 24th annual Route 66 Blowout Car Show and Festival returns to Sapulpa Main Street on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. With 46 different classes for cars and trucks to enter and compete in and 12 motorcycle classes, the show is sure to be a crowd pleaser, organizers say. The popular, free event is located in historic Downtown Sapulpa on Route 66.
“We are very excited about the 24th annual Route 66 Blowout. We have lots of vendors, cars and motorcycles and are receiving great response to that,” said Annette Bowles, Sapulpa Main Street executive director.
“This event is for the entire family,” Bowles said. “In addition to great vintage and modern cars, trucks and motorcycles to look at, we will have a special Kids Zone, a salsa tasting festival, a Route 66 Art Show sponsored by Sapulpa Arts, numerous arts, crafts and food vendors and, as always, our downtown merchants and restaurants will be open for shopping and dining.”
For some, it’s a walk down memory lane as friends, neighbors and other spectators share their “remember when” stories of grandma and grandpa’s old car. For many youngsters, this will be their first opportunity to see real chrome bumpers, wide white wall tires and fender skirts.
The Salsa Fest, sponsored by the Sapulpa Rotary Club, is a crowd favorite. For a small fee, participants may taste a variety of homemade salsas and cast their vote for their favorite.
As many as 25,000 spectators are expected to stroll around the 12-block area along Dewey Street also known as Main Street or Route 66. Visitors can also wander a few steps away to see more classic cars, vintage gasoline pumps and gas station memorabilia at the restored Waite Phillips Filling Station.
Vehicle registration is from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. with judging beginning at 11 a.m. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. The judges will be from Dragin Masters, a family and community oriented club dedicated to owning, restoring and maintaining classic cars and trucks.
Presenting sponsors include Danny Beck Chevrolet, Waste Management and Sapulpa Tourism.
The event is presented by Sapulpa Main Street, a member of the Oklahoma Main Street Center. “We work to promote and sustain historic downtown areas. Since our non-profit organization began in 1990, we have put $33 million in private and public funds into downtown brick and mortar projects and want to continue to make Sapulpa a great place to live and work for generations to come,” Bowles said.
Don’t miss the 24th annual Route 66 Blowout from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. For further information and registration forms, call (918) 224-5709 or visit www.route66blowout.com.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.