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Looking Forward to the Mother Road Festival
Having attended the International Mother Road Festival in Springfield since 2005, I'm still always looking forward to it. In addition to the incredible display of cars, we always enjoy the camaraderie of being a part of the Travel Expo, which features the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, the Route 66 associations from Illinois & Missouri, as well as several Route 66 communities and attractions.
Brooks on 66
Brooks, one of our four-legged friends, took to Route 66 in Illinois to see a few stops south of Springfield recently.  He donned his official Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway bandanna, and hopped in the car. As one of our fairly younger travelers (just recently celebrating his first birthday), he had a relatively short attention span and wanted to hit a few stops that were sure to impress. He decided to check out the Mother Road in Girard, Litchfield, and Collinsville.
World's Largest Catsup Bottle Festival Marks the Historic Landmark's 66th Birthday
The rain took a break on Sunday July 12th, 2015, to give the citizens of Collinsville and the Route 66 community an opportunity to celebrate the 66th birthday of the World's Largest Catsup Bottle - a member of the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The giant Brooks Catsup Bottle was restored in the late 90s, and remains a beautiful photo opportunity along the road. This icon has generated it's own fan club and it's own festival for the last 17 years.
Traveling the Very First Blue Carpet Corridor
When a new Route 66 event launches in Illinois, even ominous rainy weather does not hamper the enthusiasm. The inaugural Blue Carpet Corridor, with events and sites to see in 18 southern Illinois communities, was a perfect example. The event had been in discussion for some time, when the late Stan Barker "pulled the trigger" and history was made last weekend, June 13th & 14th, 2015. Stan didn't live to see his dream come true, but incredible volunteers from the communities and key leadership roles taken on by Cheryl Eichar Jett from Edwardsville and Dave Tucker from Gillespie made sure the event still happened, and in a big way.
Selfies on 66 Suggestions for William Shatner on his Route 66 Road Trip
Canadian newspaper "The Prince George Citizen" announced recently that William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk on Star Trek and a police officer on T.J. Hooker, will be traveling Route 66 this summer on a futuristic custom motorcycle manufactured by Rivet. Shatner's Twitter feed pegs the dates as during the week of June 23-June 30. The Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway would like to suggest a few appropriate Selfies on 66 for Mr. Shatner to take and enter in our Selfieson66.com campaign! We certainly feel the most logical selfie (and hopefully Spock would have agreed), would be a Shatner Selfie with yet another famous space traveler - the Gemini Giant in Wilmington!
International Mother Road Festival Hilites a Season of Car Shows Along 66!
With over 1000 cars on display for 80,000 visitors, the 13th Annual International Mother Road Festival in Springfield was yet another stellar 66 event over the final weekend of September. The Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway had another full set of exhibitors at their travel expo as part of the event.
The Cow in the Corn Sculpture - Lincoln, IL

A collaboration from two Lincoln, Illinois artists has produced a 22’ tall x 25’ wide sculpture located in down town Lincoln on the corner of Pulaski and Sangamon streets. Moses Pinkerton and Jason Hoffman of Logan County Arts erected the large steel sculpture with the help of heavy equipment in a downtown area park on July 20th of 2014. The “66” part of the sculpture was “originally loops there for nostrils”, but the 66 that emerged in the design was “an added kicker in promoting the idea to the city (of Lincoln),” according to Pinkerton.

Investigating the Futuro House
Submitted By: John Roberts
Having moved from Missouri to Michigan in 1976, I'd driven Old 66/I55 many times over the years, but since moving to California, the trip has become a biannual jaunt more or less following Route 66.
Kruzin’ with the Bilecki’s - Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center
To quote Larry the Cable guy - “Get ‘er Done” - and they “Got ‘er Done”!!! We went on down for the grand opening and ribbon cutting on June 1st, 2013 of the new museum. This is definitely another addendum to the State of Illinois Mother Road. Thanks to a fledgling group in April of 2011 consisting of Chick Bishop, Anne Jackson and Martha Jackson this dream became a reality.
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