EDWARDSVILLE — Edwardsville’s classic car cruise and weekend festival is back.
Planning for the 2016 Edwardsville Route 66 Festival is under way and companies are signing on as event sponsors and vendors. The June 10-11 festival will be at Edwardsville City Park.
Alongside the classic car cruise and show, the weekend will play host to food, beer, wine, art vendors, children’s activities, the annual Metro Milers 10k Run and the Trailnet Route 66 Bicycle Ride. Food, beverage, art vendors and children booths open at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Entertainment will feature That 80’s Band at 6:30 p.m. and Platinum Rock Legends at 9 p.m. kicking off the weekend’s festivities Friday night. Saturday night will start off with a children’s act during the day at 12:30 p.m., followed by The Mellow Dees at 2:30 p.m. During the evening hours, Hurricane Ruth will perform at 4 p.m., followed by Blackwater Revival at 6:30 p.m., all leading up to the weekend’s headlining gig.
The headlining act for Saturday evening is a fan favorite: Johnny Holzum & Well Hungarians. Their performances include original music as well as country, rock, pop, Motown and classic cover songs ranging from the Zac Brown Band, to Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd, to Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5. They will take the stage at 9 p.m. and close down the festival at 11:30 p.m.
“The annual Route 66 Festival has long been a showcase event for the City of Edwardsville,” said Katie Grable of the Edwardsville Parks and Recreation Department. “We get to show off our community’s outstanding support for family-oriented events and the many talents of our local vendors and residents while celebrating the Mother Road and all its glory. We have some exciting events happening this year and fan favorite acts returning, so we hope to see everyone out at this wonderful event.”
The 2016 Mother Road Sponsor of this year’s event is Cork Tree Creative Inc., an Edwardsville-based, full-service marketing, public relations and website development firm. If you own a business and are ready to take part in this family fun event, sign on as an event sponsor. Sponsorships range from $50 to $5,000 and will be accepted throughout April. Those interested in being a sponsor or a festival vendor can contact Katie Grable at (618) 692-7538 or visit www.edwardsvilleroute66.com for information. Registration forms are also available to download online.