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4th Annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival - Miners, Mobsters & the Mother Road
Date & Time
6/9/18 - 6/10/18
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Description
“Miners, Mobsters, and the Mother Road” festival weekend and “Route 66 Royalty” Car Cruise on the Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor June 9-10.

Route 66 enthusiasts and car club members will be motoring on the Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor Saturday-Sunday, June 9-10, to celebrate the famous “Main Street of America” on the Blue Carpet Corridor Coalition's fourth annual festival weekend. From Auburn south to Collinsville on several historic alignments of Route 66, fourteen communities will be highlighting the Miners, Mobsters, and Mother Road history of this section of Route 66 with car shows, festivals, vendors, museum and attraction open hours, historic tours, children's activities, food, photo ops, a car cruise, trolley tours, live podcasts, artists, an author fair, souvenirs, photo ops, and the Route 66 Royalty Car Cruise. 

Visitors may start their tour at Auburn on the north end of the corridor or at Collinsville on the south, or in any town they choose. Communities participating this year are:  Auburn, Virden, Girard, Carlinville, Gillespie, Staunton, DeCamp Station, Hamel, Edwardsville, Litchfield, Mt. Olive, Glen Carbon, Troy, and Collinsville.  

Souvenir Blue Carpet Corridor 2018 passports will be available for free in all the participating communities, and visitors can get a unique stamp in each town. The complete Schedule of Passport Stops and Activities is available to view or download at www.bluecarpetcorridor.org. 

Passport Stop open hours will run from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday. Most events and attractions will also follow that schedule, and some events, such as the Edwardsville and Staunton Route 66 festivals, will also feature evening hours with live music, food, and beverages. Many Passport Stops will offer souvenirs, vendors, local information and tours, food, and/or live music.

Car clubs also have the option of beginning at either end of the corridor. Car club members take photos of their cars at the passport stops to document their club's total number of Passport Stop check-ins. The club with the most Passport Stop check-ins takes home the “Route 66 Royalty” traveling trophy for the next year. Complete car cruise rules at www.bluecarpetcorridor.org.

For more information go to www.bluecarpetcorridor.org, email il66bcc@gmail.com, or call (618) 307-5049. 

2018 Blue Carpet Corridor Schedule of Activities

Pick up your FREE souvenir passport at any of the Passport Stops in our 14 communities!
Get each of the 14 unique stamps from Auburn to Collinsville! 
Passport Validation Times:  Sat. 8-5 and Sun. 10-3
Updates at www.facebook.com/Route66BlueCarpetCorridor

Auburn
Passport Stop Sat. 8-5, Sun. 10-3 Double-decker Bandstand on the Square at 110 N. 5th St. 
Car Cruise both days around Square
Food/refreshments available at several Auburn businesses

Virden
 Two Passport Stops (1) Sat. 6 am-8 pm, Sun. 6 am-8 pm Showtime Family Fun Center 
1515 N. Springfield St. 
(2) Sat. only 9-2 Silvernick's, on the Square at 231 W. Jackson St.

Girard
Passport Stop Sat. 8-5, Sun. 10-3 - Doc's Soda Fountain, on the Square at 133 S. 2nd St.
 
Carlinville
Passport Stop Sat. 8-5, Sun. 10-3 - Northwest side of Square on Route 66
Scavenger hunt with rewards/incentives for people of all ages
Free brochures on “Historic Carlinville” and “Walking Tour of Carlinville”

Gillespie
Passport Stop Sat. 8-5, Sun. 10-3 – Illinois Coal Museum, 121 S. Macoupin St.

Staunton
Three Passport Stops (1) Sat. 8-2 Main & Elm St.
(2) Sat. after 2 pm Boy Scout Building, Duda Dr. and N. Elm St. (one block north of Main)
(3) Sun. 10-3 Mayfield's Landscaping, 120 S. Hibbard

Staunton Route 66 Festival Sat. 10-8 with Elbon Shrine Club Wing Cook Off, 
food, beer, games, live music, arts & crafts, fun for all ages
10 am – 2 pm – Touch-A-Truck with BIG trucks lining Main Street – climb, touch, check out 
10 am – 2 pm – Kids' Zone – Duda Park – with BIG games sponsored by the Clergy Association and Crafts & Art sponsored by the MAC
 Entertainment all day:  Big Papa G Entertainment (10-5); 
Ainad Drum & Bugle Corps (1-2); Bistro Band (5-8)

DeCamp Station
Passport Stop Sat. 8-5, Sun. 10-3 – 8767 IL-4 south of Staunton
Souvenir t-shirts and glasses available for sale
Live music by The Route 66 Band from Joliet IL Sat. 1-5 pm

Hamel
Passport Stop Sat. 8-5, Sun. 10-3 – Weezy's Route 66 Bar and Grill, 108 S. Old Route 66
Creekside with Don and Jan live podcast Sat. beginning at 10:00 am from Weezy's

Edwardsville
Passport Stop Sat. 8-5, Sun. 10-3 – in front of Afterwords Books, 441 W. Vandalia St.
Local Author Fair Sat. – in front of Afterwords Books (with authors of multiple genres
 Sela Carsen, Vince Churchill, Elizabeth Donald, April Floyd, Jim D. Gillentine, 
Cheryl Eichar Jett, Diane Schrader, Charles Schwend, John Smith selling and signing books)

21st Annual Route 66 Festival – Sat. 8 am-midnight – City Park on Route 66 – Live music, food, vendors, artists, children's activities, car show/cruise
8 am – Metro Miles 10k Run, Trailnet Route 66 Bicycle Ride
10 am – Post race awards ceremony, vendors open, Historic tents/displays open
1 pm – Trolley tours begin on the ½ hour (last tour at 4:30), Infinite Limit performs
1:30 pm – Mellow D's performs
3 pm – Cars begin assembling at Cassens Transport parking lot
4 pm – Car show begins, Trophy Mules performs
6:30 pm – Jonathan Braddy Band performs, Car Cruise begins (will pass City Park)
9:30 pm – Johnny Holzum & Well Hungarians performs

Glen Carbon
 Passport Stop Sat. 8-5, Sun. 10-3 – Glen Carbon Heritage Museum, 124 School Street
Free souvenir commemorative Illinois Bicentennial wooden nickels
Sat.-Sun. 9-4 Museum Tours, take a Selfie at the Selfie Station with Route 66 sign 
Sat. 1-4 – George Portz and his Friends of Bluegrass Band at the Museum Pavilion

Litchfield
Two Passport Stops (1) Sat. 10-3 – Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center, 334 Historic Old Route 66 North
Creekside with Don and Jan live podcast Sat. beginning at 1:00 pm from the Litchfield Museum
(2) Sat. 4-9 pm, Sun. 11-8 Ariston Cafe, 413 N. Old Route 66

Mt. Olive
Passport Stop Sat. 8-5, Sun. 10-3 – Soulsby Station, 201 South Old Route 66

Troy
Passport Stop Sat. 8-5, Sun. 10-3 – Troy Times-Tribune, 201 E. Market St.
The staff of the Troy Times-Tribune will be on hand with souvenirs, refreshments, and answers 
to any questions you might have about local hot spots, attractions, and commerce.
Free souvenir dash plaques/magnets and copies of American Road magazine
Troy Historical Society with historical handouts

Collinsville
Three Passport Stops (1) Sat. 8-5, Sun. 8-3 - World's Largest Catsup Bottle, 800 S. Morrison Ave.
Photo Op, Souvenirs, Games, Ketchup Tasting Booth
(2) Sat. 10-4, Sun. 10-3 Historic Miner's Theatre 204 W. Main St.
Open for tours
(3) Sat. 8-3 - D.D. Collins House, 703 W. Main St. 
Tour this fully restored Greek Revival home built in 1845
ALSO HAPPENING SAT. JUNE 9TH:
Movies on Main, 229 W. Main St., Showing:  Despicable Me 3, Movie starts at Dusk
Collinsville Historical Museum, 204 W. Main St., Open for Tours 10-2
Willoughby Farm, 31 Willoughby Ln., Open for Exploration 9-4

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Location
Southern Illinois Route 66
Auburn to Collinsville, IL

Contact
(618) 307-5049