By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Other | Issue: April 2014
Sapulpa Main Street committee members for the 2014 presentation of the Route 66 Blowout include (L to R): Carl Prescott, Sapulpa Arts Director Sheri Waldrop, Kallie McGuire, Gina Belk and Sapulpa Main Street Director Cindy McDonald.
Twenty-five years ago, Cindy McDonald fostered the idea of having a car and truck show in downtown Sapulpa. She called some friends to get their reactions and the rest is history. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Route 66 Blowout. The first year’s event in 1989 featured 35 cars and one food vendor. On June 7, the extravaganza will feature more than 300 cars and trucks, numerous food vendors, crafts and general merchandise vendors, and much more.
Cindy McDonald has been active with Sapulpa Main Street for 25 years and became executive director of the organization in June, 2013. “The Oklahoma Main Street Association was the catalyst that sparked our downtown program. Sapulpa Main Street’s goal is to preserve the past, promote the present and protect the future,” says Cindy.
Any vehicle make, model, car or truck may be registered in the Route 66 Blowout, which has dozens of classes and categories. There are classes, by year, for Corvette, Mustang, Classic Chevy, Camaro, up to ’31 stock and modified, cruiser, import and many more. There will be over 100 trophies awarded, and each class will be independently judged. Trophies will be presented to the top three in each class and $1,000 will be awarded in cash and prizes. Registration forms are available now or you may register from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. the morning of the event. Judging is scheduled for 11 a.m. and award presentations at 3 p.m.
While you’re attending the event, be sure to purchase a ticket for a chance to win a GM Performance Crate Engine. The raffle prize is a 350 HO Base crate engine that will add some V8 muscle to your older vehicle restoration. Tickets will be available at TTCU Sapulpa Branch and at the Sapulpa Main Street office.
The Route 66 Blowout will host a live deejay, an arts and crafts fair and lots of children’s activities. While you’re in Downtown Sapulpa you’ll have the opportunity to take a tour of the Sapulpa Historical Museum and the Star Trolley Car display. You’ll also want to visit Sapulpa’s many downtown shops and restaurants.
The Sapulpa Arts Route 66 Art Show & Sale will coincide with the car show. “Sapulpa Arts works to promote the arts and humanities in the Sapulpa area so that the artistic heritage and creativity of all people may find expression, growth and visibility,” said Arts Director Sheri Ishmael-Waldrop. The Art Show & Sale is designed to promote amateur and professional area artists. For show information, please contact Sheri at
(918) 224-0170 or
eat0@eau0eav0eaw0. The website is www.sapulpaarts.com.
Event organizers anticipate event attendance at nearly 30,000. If you tend to drool over cool cars, find delight in fine arts and crafts, enjoy eating or treasure learning, you’ve got to attend the Route 66 Blowout on June 7.
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Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.