By Linda Kor
This weekend will bring a celebration of life along the Mother Road with Holbrook’s Route 66 Festival, It Ain’t Your Mother’s Road.
The event will be held today and Saturday (Aug. 8 and 9) at West End Park, located at the west end of Hopi Drive.
Today’s schedule begins at 4 p.m. as vendors set up shop and registration starts for the Get Your Pics Scavenger Hunt, which will lead hunters all along Holbrook’s stretch of Route 66. At 5 p.m. the Gearheads Car Club will lead the way from West End Park for Makin’ a Lap through Holbrook, with everyone invited to take part. At 6 p.m. there will be a burnout contest, also at West End Park, and a free viewing of the Disney movie Cars will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Roxy Theater.
On Saturday, the day starts at 8 a.m. as the Gearheads Car Club lines up some classy rides along Hopi Drive at West End Park. At 10 a.m. entertainment begins at West End Park with the Navajo County royalty taking the stage at 10 a.m., followed by the St. Johns Baptist Church Choir at 11 a.m. Holbrook’s Youth Cheer will be entertaining visitors at 11:30 a.m., followed by Farr From Houston performing blues music at 1:30 p.m. and free Karaoke beginning at 2:30. Also making an appearance on Saturday will be the Winslow Harvey Girls.
At 11 a.m. there will be free hot dogs at the park followed by the Tater Races, where contestants bring their fastest potato to race against others for a grand prize or make one at the event, beginning at 12 noon. At 2 p.m. residents are invited to bring their dirtiest car to compete in the Grit of the Road contest. At 4 p.m. the awards presentation will be made for the Get Your Pics entries, with prizes donated by local businesses. At 4:30 p.m. it will be time to learn some dance moves with the Creative Rhythm Dance Studio in preparation for the Sock Hop slated from 5 to 8 p.m. at West End Park.
Happening in conjunction with the festival will be the Route 66 Relics Tour presented by Petrified Forest National Park. The guided tour will take visitors to remnants of the trading posts and sights on a stretch of Route 66 for many years. The tours will be held at 8 a.m. today and Sunday (Aug. 8 and 10). This event is free, but has limited seating so those participating must register in advance with Kathleen Smith.
For more information on any of these events, contact Smith at (928) 524-6225.