May 30 & 31st are the dates for this year’s “Route 66” Summerfest in Rolla, Missouri. This is the 20th year for this event, which is held the weekend after Memorial Day each year. It was originally started to promote downtown Rolla, But it has evolved into and area wide celebration for all ages to promote old Route 66 and the beginning of summer.
Friday morning, May 30th, portions of downtown are closed as food vendors and musicians set up for the evening’s festivities. At 4:00 Friday afternoon hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles arrive at the St. James Visitor Center to show off their cars and prepare to “Cruise Route 66”. At the same time, back in downtown Rolla, the cooks prepare a variety of good food for everyone to enjoy. Friday evening bring your lawn chair for the Miss Route 66 crowning ceremony and plan to say for a “drive-in” movie and all the popcorn you can eat. Also, the skateboard track will be open for skateboarders young and old.
Saturday morning you’ll find coffee and doughnuts in the food court, the arts and crafts festival on 9th Street, the classic car show on Pine Street and the motorcycle show on 7th Street. Sporting events include the Sand Volleyball Tournament, the Tennis Tournament and Tour-de-Phelps, a leisurely ride to St. James and back. There’s face painting, inflatable games, horseback rides, and the giant sandbox for the young kids and skateboarding for the older ones.
Saturday afternoon is the downhill derby, kids bicycle and tricycle race, and the always popular burnout contest. Saturday evening there’s a free street dance with Kricket Alley! There are many more events, so come prepared to spend the day.