Route 66 in the News
Festival Will Promote Route 66
The seventh annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival will take place Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, in 13 towns—from Joliet to Towanda—situated along historic Route 66.
During the festival each town plans individual events, while all the towns collaborate on making a special commemorative collectible item. This year the commemorative piece will be trading cards.
The Red Carpet Corridor was the brainchild of the late Betty Estes, Pontiac Tourism director. She firmly believed Route 66 should be preserved and celebrated for all the old road meant to both the area and the nation.
Beginning in 2006, the Red Carpet Corridor communities grew to encompass a 90-mile section of "The Mother Road." Representatives from each town gathered together and planned a weekend event that would encourage Route 66 enthusiasts to travel along the road and visit the unique communities.
As each new festival is planned, more and more events are added to enhance the experience for visitors. This year, the 13 communities will feature car shows, art displays, contests, food and live entertainment.
For additional details, visit il66redcarpetcorridor.org, or call Ellie Alexander, Pontiac Tourism director, at 815-844-5847.