By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2014
Join Cindy McDonald, executive director of Sapulpa Main Street, at the 25th annual Route 66 Blowout.
Summer in Sapulpa would not be complete without a celebration downtown. On Saturday, June 7, Sapulpa Main Street hosts the 25th annual Route 66 Blowout.
The Route 66 Blowout is one of the most popular downtown events in Sapulpa, and boasts one of the largest car and truck shows in the region. With entertainment and activities for the whole family, 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. “We’re excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Route 66 Blowout,” says Cindy Mc Donald, executive director. “It’s great to run into old friends. Everyone has a good time catching up.”
The event is well-known for its car show, showcasing classic and modern cars and trucks.
“There should be about three or four hundred cars out there,” says Mc Donald. 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.
While taking in the automotive blast from the past, check out the newly restored Waite Phillips Filling Station. Originally built in 1923, the station was one of the largest buildings in Sapulpa in its heyday. In 2006, the Sapulpa Historical Society acquired the building and, with the help of grants and donors, had it restored.
In addition to the car show prizes, there will be a raffle. Sponsored by TTCU, the top prize in the raffle is a brand new GM Performance 330 horsepower car engine. Raffle tickets are available at the Sapulpa TTCU branch.
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. There is also a 25th anniversary T-shirt design contest for Sapulpa High School art students, sponsored by First United Bank. The winning design will be unveiled at the event. Route 66 will be lined with vendors, providing ample shopping opportunities and food and beverages.
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.
Registration for vendors, artists, organizations and businesses is open until May 19. Car show registration is open until the day of the event. All forms are available online. The event begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 7. Festivities continue throughout the day until 4 p.m.
In conjunction with the Blowout, Sapulpa Rotary Club will host the 7th annual Salsa Festival. The committee is taking applications for this year’s contestants. Contestants can win up to $700 by entering their salsa in one of three categories: hot, medium or mild. The Salsa Festival takes place at the Courthouse Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone can judge the competition! Taster’s kits are sold, and taste testers are allowed to vote for their favorite salsa. The people’s choice award is $500. Rotary also will have a panel of non-partial serious salsa eaters to judge first place winners in each category, awarding an additional $200 in each category. Sapulpa Rotary will also be giving away a $500 Reasor’s gift card. Raffle tickets for the gift card will be sold prior to as well as the day of the event.
The Salsa Festival is Rotary’s largest fundraiser of the year. Rotary uses the proceeds to fund projects such as scholarships to graduating Sapulpa seniors, purchasing Christmas presents for families and many other worthy projects. Sapulpa Rotary President Jon LaFevers is very excited about this year’s festival. “This event is shaping up to be our best so far! Contestants work hard on their masterpiece recipes and are always friendly and excited to be a part of the event.”
A limited number of contestants will be accepted so apply today; visit www.sapulparotary.org or call Debbie Moss at (918) 227-5765.
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Christopher Davis is an educator and musician, as well as a writer. A California native, he resides in Tulsa with his wife, two sons and a modest menagerie of pets. When he isn't inspiring young minds, you will most likely find him spending time with his family or playing drums and percussion with Project Huckleberry or the Movetet. In addition to Value News, Davis also writes for Currentland. You can view his work at https://seedavis.wordpress.com.