The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 1, 2013

Array of events planned Friday at Route 66 International Festival

An opening ceremony in Joplin for the Route 66 International Festival will shift the event into full swing today.

The ceremony is set for 1 p.m. at 619 S. Main St., at the Route 66 Mural Park next to Pearl Bros. True Value Hardware.

An international welcome wall has been set up at the corner of Sixth and Main streets for people to post a flag of their country, state or community, or write a comment about the festival.

Vendors and history exhibitors related to Route 66 will be located in the Main Street Marketplace from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at the Christman’s Events Center, 501 S. Main St. Those exhibitors include authors, artists, collectors and associations dedicated to the preservation of the route.

Festival events tonight will be staged in Galena, Kan., starting at 4:30 p.m. with the dedication of the Galena Route 66 Mural at Seventh and Main streets.

A number of events and activities are planned for “Kicking It on Kansas 66” in Galena, starting at 5 p.m. and lasting until midnight.

Entertainment will include a car show, performances by a show choir, Indian dancers and the Sassy Tappers, and a drum line contest. There also will be a couch relay. An arts and quilt show also will be open.

Open-air concerts will be held starting at 6 p.m. with The Road Crew and The Detectives.

To accommodate the festival, Main Street in downtown Joplin from Second Street to Seventh Street is closed until Sunday morning.

The south half of the parking lot behind City Hall will close later today to the public to make space for overflow for the festival car show. The car show is to be held on Sixth Street north of City Hall.

On Saturday morning, Fourth Street downtown will close and will remain closed until Sunday morning.

The city has designated the Central Christian Center parking lot at Fifth Street and Virginia Avenue for vendors at the festival.

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