The crowd size of the blowout continues to grow each year, last year bringing in a record year of over 20,000 people.
June 2016: Summer is usually a cause for celebration because school is out for a few months, but it carries a bigger meaning in Sapulpa. The Route 66 Blowout is returning for a 27th year of fun, food and of course, cars. The annual event will be held on Saturday, June 4, in the heart of downtown Sapulpa.
The Route 66 Blowout is known around the country. Locals as well as visitors from other states plan their vacations around this event on historic Route 66. They come to see one of the largest car and truck shows in the region with entertainment and activities for the whole family. There are over 300 cars to see as well as vintage tractors, crafts and museums. Thousands descend upon the town to socialize, shop and take in the sights. The blowout is truly a community affair, sponsored by local businesses, showcasing local artists and vendors, and coordinated by Sapulpa Main Street, with proceeds going toward beautification of the downtown district.
“I love being on Route 66 and just seeing people having a good time,” says Cindy McDonald, executive director. “They’re enjoying the cars, they’re seeing old friends that they have not seen in a long time or so, or maybe they only see each other down here once a year, the kids with their sno cones and running and having fun, it’s just a fun, family event.
The event is well-known for its car show, showcasing classic and modern cars and trucks. “Last year we had over 300 cars,” said McDonald. “You want the show to grow, you want people to have fun. So to me that was kind of a big goal that we hit last year and we really want to hit it again this year. ”
Entries will compete for bragging rights and prizes. Registration is available online or the morning of the event at 7 a.m. The Dragin Masters – a car club based in Sapulpa with roots dating back to 1958 – will judge the contest.
The street will be filled with art, crafts and food. Sapulpa Arts will host their annual Route 66 Art Show and Sale, featuring local artists. The Historic museum will also be open that day.
While taking in the automotive blast from the past, be sure to check out the new Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum. This new addition offers vintage cars, an interactive children’s area and informative displays about Route 66 and the U.S. Military.
As always, there is fun for the entire family at the Route 66 Blowout. If the children have energy to burn off, look for the Kids’ Zone, where there will be plenty of activities including face painting, games and inflatables. This section of the event will be held in the parking lot of the newly restored Creek County courthouse. This landmark of Sapulpa may seem similar to the Oklahoma state capitol because it was designed by the same architect. Come in and see the resemblances for yourself. The Route 66 Art Show, hosted by Sapulpa Art, will be held on the lower level of the Creek County Courthouse.
Car show registration is open until the day of the event. All forms are available online. The event begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 4. Festivities continue throughout the day until 4 p.m.
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