By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2009
Sapulpa’s 20th annual Route 66 Blowout will feature rows and rows of classic cars to admire.
On Saturday, June 6, downtown Sapulpa will host its 20th annual Route 66 Blowout. This fantastic, free festival features hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles, food, crafts, art, music and lots more.
“We started with 35 cars and a parking lot in 1989, and in 20 years, the Route 66 Blowout has become the event of our town,” says Janet Beil, director of Sapulpa Main Street. “It’s a really great show, and the whole community gets involved. In the past, we’ve had over 280 cars and trucks entered, and the event has expanded even since last year. We’ll have more cars this year than ever, and for the first time we’ll also have motorcycles.”
For the seventh year in a row, the top three vehicles in each of over 40 categories will receive collectible Frankoma platters. Registration begins at 8 a.m., the event gets going at 9, and the trophy presentation takes place at 3 p.m.
There’s plenty more than cars going on at the Route 66 Blowout. “We’ve got something for everyone, including the kids,” says Beil. “In addition to the hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles, we’ll have a beer garden with live music, an art show, a kids’ zone, and lots of craft and food vendors. Plus all our great downtown shops and restaurants will be open. And we’ll have a deejay playing music throughout the downtown area.”
Mark your calendar for June 6 to attend the Route 66 Blowout with the whole family.
The Fraternal Order of Police is handling the kids’ zone. Live music begins at noon at the beer garden at Pat’s Tavern on Hobson. Craft and food vendors will be set up on Dewey, close to Main. Commemorative 20th anniversary memorabilia, including t-shirts and posters, will be available for purchase.
The annual Route 66 Art Show and Sale is sponsored by Sapulpa Arts. Art by professionals, amateurs, children and teens will be exhibited. This is an opportunity to view and buy art from many local artists. The Fine Art Show and Sale takes place at Ovations Studio, located at 25 E. Lee (the corner of Water Street and Lee). Hours for public viewing are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Rotary Club is sponsoring a salsa festival in the courthouse parking lot, near the kids’ area. If you love to eat salsa, or if you have a great salsa recipe, this event is for you. Cash prizes up to $600 will be awarded for the best mild, medium and hot salsas, and for the people’s choice.
The 20th annual Sapulpa Route 66 Blowout is Saturday, June 6. Admission is free. This is a great time to come out, see some beautiful classic cars, and experience the charm of downtown Sapulpa. “It’s a fun, free, huge festival with something for all ages,” says Beil. It’s not too late to register your car or motorcycle, or to enter the salsa festival or art show. For more information, including a map of events, or to register your car or motorcycle online, visit www.sapulpamainstreet.com.