Route 66 in the News

City Prepares for Upcoming Festival

2013-07-11 16:34:24

GALENA, Kan. - Jason Boldt is relatively new to the area, but is familiar with Galena.

"I do remember as a kid driving out here with my parents and seeing it a little bit, and it looking all run down like a ghost town," said Jason Boldt, Galena resident.

Meanwhile, its been a busy 4 months at Extreme Wings and More in Galena.

"Our business has really grown, it's been excellent. We've had a lot of customers come in here from Joplin, from Columbus, from Miami," said Sherri Wilkins, Extreme Wings and More owner.

Extreme Wings owner Sherri Wilkins has lived in Galena for a long time, and has never seen anything like it.

"The spirit that we have here, the drive that we have here and the people that are participating in the renovation of all of the downtown buildings, I just feel the spirit in them, the drive in them," said Wilkins.

She says the town is going through a time of rebirth, and can't wait to show it off to an international crowd this August.

"The excitement is so rich and so full with every person that walks in the door. You start talking to them, telling them about the Route 66 International Festival, and they say 'that's coming here, to Galena? Yes, it is! And it's exciting for them to think that Galena would host something like this," said Wilkins.

While the city of Joplin is hosting the main portion of the Route 66 International Festival, portions of it will be held in Galena, and residents like Wilkins are working hard to leave a lasting impression.

"People are looking at us, people are wanting to come into the town more, they want to invest in Galena, because they see the growth, the economic growth, and so they want to participate in that. It's like a fire, or a fever," said Wilkins.

Wilkins says the festival is even bringing jobs to town, including Extreme Wings. All of which tells Boldt, Galena has a bright future ahead.

"I don't know how big it will get, but hopefully it will succeed," said Boldt.

The Route 66 International Festival runs August 1st through the 3rd.

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