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Welcome, Young Roadies! This page is for you!

This is a place to find articles about Route 66 that may be of interest to you as you begin to learn about The Mother Road.

We hope you enjoy what you find here because we know you’re Never Too Young to be a Roadie!

Read. Learn. Enjoy Route 66!

Route 66 Reinterpreted Contest 2014!

This is an exciting, creative endeavor that celebrates Route 66 is a visual way. According to a press release from Atlanta, IL:

In celebration of Rt. 66 and all it stands for, Atlanta, Illinois— located Midway on the Mother Road between Chicago and St. Louis—announces the Second Annual “Rt. 66 Reinterpreted” Art Project.

Click to read the press release in its entirety which explains the contest and provides information on its guidelines and how to enter.

Click to see last year's five winning submissions to the Route 66 Reinterpreted Contest.

Motor Tour 2014: Our 25th!

Our 25th Annual Motor Tour is coming June 13 - 15, 2014 (Father’s Day weekend)! We’re looking forward to an extra-special celebration along Route 66.

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This year, the tour starts south and will include an opportunity to cross the historic Chain of Rocks Bridge at the beginning of the tour!

Wondering what a Motor Tour is? Read a complete description in, So What Is a Motor Tour Anyway? We’re sure you’ll be inspired to join us for family fun and nostalgia along our Illinois section of America's Main Street, where Route 66 begins!

We hope you’ll save the dates and join us for a fun weekend touring the Mother Road! Plans are being made and details decided by our Motor Tour committee as we speak. Further updates and your chance to register to participate are coming soon.

The Next Session of Dongbai’s International Airbrush Art School Classes Announced

Tang Dongbai, an internationally renowned airbrush artist, muralist and creator of the Dong Ning UV “Invisible Art” technique, will be holding his next session of airbrush art classes starting November 4th at the International Airbrush Art School in Pontiac, IL. This session will run Monday-Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.

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The course is an intensive two week study that begins with basic airbrush technique in week one. The second week is self-directed by the student and can focus on any of Dongbai’s many specialties, such as mural art, car and motorcycle painting, UV art and 3D art. Class size is limited to keep the instructor to student ratio small and allow for individualized instruction.

Central Illinois Cucurbit Farmer Emerging as Expert Nationwide

Our thanks to Heather Wilkins, Land of Lincoln Regional Tourism Development Office for providing the following, very timely press release:

Central Illinois Cucurbit Farmer Emerging as Expert Nationwide

Mac Condill speaks about pumpkins, squash and gourds and builds displays from coast to coast, including the White House lawn.

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ARTHUR, IL; September 19, 2013 – Mac Condill, one of the owners of The Great Pumpkin Patch in rural Arthur has been making a name for himself throughout America for his knowledge and design skills as they pertain to cucurbits which include pumpkins, squash and gourds.

He was one of the main speakers at the National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, CA in September as well as at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH. “I’m humbled that so many people want to hear me talk about something I enjoy so much. Educating people about the growing process, seed preservation and the various uses for cucurbits; I have a passion for that,” said Condill.

The Quintessential Route 66 Photo Op

According to a recent press release from Pontiac, Illinois Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, the largest painted Route 66 Shield, located on the back of our Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, Illinois, may be the most-photographed site in Pontiac.

Painted by Pontiac's own Diaz Sign Art, ours is but one of a multitude of stunning murals they've created for the delight of the city's visitors and residents alike. Groups and individuals from all over the world have proudly posed with our magnificent shield as a backdrop to their photographs. Are you among them?

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Photo courtesy Dave Sullivan

The Friedrich Family’s 2013 Route 66 Travelogue

By Josh Friedrich

This summer we traveled extensively along the Mother Road. We criss-crossed from Chicago, Illinois to Catoosa, Oklahoma. Here are some of the highlights. Some of our exploits would be worthy of the Griswold family in National Lampoons Vacation. As always, we crammed in family fun, museums, roadside attractions, cool signs, diner food, and drive-in theaters.

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Motor Tour 2013 Highlights: The Friedrich Family

By Josh Friedrich

2 Just off 66 2.JPGThe Route 66 Association of Illinois Motor Tour kickoff celebration took place in Plainfield at "Just Off 66." This place is AWESOME! The walls are covered in vintage signage and vibrant neon lights. There were classic arcade machines and tons of 50s and 60s era artifacts from the heyday of Route 66. Cool classic cars sat outside and even a Red Radio Flyer Wagon convertible car for us to enjoy while eating our dinner. Charlie couldn't stay away from his best bud, Marty Blitstein, and helped out at the registration table. After a great evening with our fellow roadies, it was time to head to the hotel for a much-needed nights rest.

After a quick continental breakfast, we headed over to the Berwyn Historical Museum. While there, be sure to charge up at the E-car charging station out front. The place was packed with people and we missed out on getting the goodie bag by a few minutes. I liked the Route 66 history represented, especially the stuff about The Spindle art piece. We posed for the group photo, hopefully I didn't blink or have a goofy look on my face. After that we waited patiently for a spot to open up so we could join the caravan out of town, with an official police escort. We meandered our way past the Steak-N-Egger and onward to Saban's for a good view of the fenced-off section of Route 66 near the Vulcan Quarry that is unsafe to drive on due to mining and erosion near the road.

Rt. 66 Reinterpreted Art Project Winners Selected

Our thanks to Bill Thomas of the Atlanta Betterment Fund for providing this exciting press release.

A total of 32 wonderful and unique works of art were entered in the First Annual Rt. 66 Reinterpreted Art Project, sponsored by the Atlanta Betterment Group of Atlanta, Illinois.

Twelve finalists were selected in the project, and then the traveling public was invited to votes for five winners. Voting was held from May through the end of August, with the following five winners receiving the most votes.

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Ronald Douglas Frazier, Bloomington, Illinois

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