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    Route 66 Road Fest kicking off soon in Tulsa

    2024-06-12

    TULSA, Okla. — There are just 10 days until the Route 66 Road Fest kicks off in Tulsa.

    The event features activities that kids and parents of all ages can enjoy to both celebrate and be educated on the history of Route 66.

    "We went there last year and it's really cool. I want to go there again,” Roman Deboer, a Tulsa resident.

    Local businesses along route 66 will also be featured at the event as well.

    FOX23 attended the Route 66 preview event to see what's in store for next weekend.

    “It's really cool because you get to play lots of games and have fun with some of your friends and family," said Perry Deboer, another Tulsa resident.

    The City of Tulsa is just one weekend away from throwing its third Route 66 Road Fest this June.

    The festival shares the nostalgia and history of Route 66, not just in Oklahoma, but all across the United States.

    On Wednesday, AAA Oklahoma and SRO Productions hosted a special sneak peek at Mother Road Market to showcase what all the festival has to offer.

    Pedal cars are just one of the activities that both kids and adults can enjoy at the festival, but there's a lot more in store for attendees.

    "You'll have mini golf available, there's going to be a classic car show, art and crafts all throughout the SageNet Center. A lot of booths where you can walk around and learn a little bit more. There'll surely be free swag,” said Time Chambers, vice president of destination strategy and marketing at Visit Tulsa.

    Chambers said this event is more than just celebrating, but it’s also about educating.

    "Just really celebrating what I would consider a national treasure that runs right through Tulsa. A lot of Tulsans look at it, they consider Route 66, 11th Street. It's much more than that, it's our beach front property. It's a very great piece of Americana that we can celebrate and share with generations to come,” Chambers said.

    Chambers said the businesses along Route 66 will benefit from the festival.

    "I think this is a phenomenal opportunity. It really allows the businesses that make the investment to be on the Mother Road. It gives them the opportunity to get spotlight throughout the year,” Chambers said.

    FOX23 spoke with Kristy Deboer who said the festival is a way to educate not only tourists, but children too.

    "As a lifelong Tulsan, I know the importance of Route 66. The rich history that it brings to our area. I think it's important to teach our children about where they live and what that means. Route 66 is a huge part of that, I think it's great," said Kristy, a Tulsa resident.

    Kristy also said this event is going to get better each year.

    "I think it's going to continue to grow, I think it's going to get better and better,” said Kristy. “Just come out. Kids are free 12 and under and it's going to be really fun so join us," Kristy said.

    The route 66 Road Fest will kick off next Saturday and Sunday.

    Tickets are available for purchase at the door, but if you'd like to purchase tickets in advance, click h ere .

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