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Victorville to host International Route 66 Festival

2011-12-09 17:32:38

VICTORVILLE, Calif. - Victorville is hosting the 2012 International Route 66 Festival next summer, expecting to attract more than 50,000 enthusiasts from around the world.

The festival is held each year in one of eight states the Mother Road runs through. The four-day event takes place from Aug. 9 through Aug. 12 in 2012.

“We are probably expecting 50,000 to 100,000 enthusiasts from all over the world,” including Canada, Europe and Japan, co-chairman Joe Flores of the 2012 Festival Committee said.

The Green Tree Inn will be hosting a classic car show during the festival with food and merchandise vendors, said Flores, the general manager of the hotel. Taste of Route 66 will invite restaurants along the road to allow visitors to try a variety of foods.

The committee also plans to bring in singers and entertainers like Michael Wallis, a Route 66 historian and author who provided the voice of Sheriff in Disney’s “Cars” series.

Partnering with the Route 66 Museum in Old Town Victorville, the festival could provide visitors with a tour down Seventh Street, where Route 66 originally ran, Flores said.

“It should be really good for the local economy,” Flores said. “Obviously it’s going to impact the rest of the hotels in the area and restaurants.”

California was named the site for 2012, and Victorville won the bid against Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, Santa Monica and Barstow for the honor of playing host.

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