Festival celebrates famous Route 66

7:31 pm | July 30, 2013

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A celebration of the highway dubbed the “Mother Road” gets underway this week in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas.

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The Route 66 International Festival runs from Thursday through Saturday, based in Joplin.

Route 66 was the main highway between Chicago and Los Angeles before the interstate system wa

s built. It turned west toward Kansas at a Joplin intersection.

Festival activities include a Thursday night cruise that will take motorists past the Boots Motel, a famous Route 66 resting spot in Carthage. The cruise ends with a catered picnic meal and movie at a Carthage drive-in theater.

Festival-goers will travel Friday night to Galena, Kan., for a concert, car show and tours of a haunted bordello. Joplin will be bustling Saturday with a Hot Rod Run car show and live entertainment.

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