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The Carthage Press
  • Carthage to host opening event of Route 66 Festival

  • The Route 66 Drive-In Theater west of Carthage will host the opening event of the International Route 66 Festival, which runs in Joplin Aug. 1-4.
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  • The Route 66 Drive-In Theater west of Carthage will host the opening event of the International Route 66 Festival, which runs in Joplin Aug. 1-4.
    The Drive-In will host a movie night featuring the Disney/Pixar animated comedy-adventure film Cars.
    Tickets for this event are limited to 370 and will be $25 for a car load of 6 and will be sold through the festival web site ONLY. Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m., Monday, July 1 at: www.route66internationalfestival.com, until they are sold out.
    CARS is the 2006 film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and directed by John Lasseter.  The film has a story line that plays to the heart of Route 66 enthusiast.  Several images depicted in the film were inspired by scenes right off Route 66, including local Kansas and Oklahoma sites.
    In addition to the film, Pixar Studios will be providing life-sized replicas of the film’s stars Lightning McQueen and Mater.
    The Sheriff of Radiator Springs will be on hand to sign autographs and he will be looking to swear in young deputies. Children 12 and under will receive a picnic meal and a Route 66/CARS themed gift. Games, music and other activities prior to show time are being planned.
    The Thursday Movie Night, which is the first event of the three-day International Festival will be held at the Route 66 Drive-in Theatre near Carthage.
    The Route 66 International Festival is a 3-day event dedicated to the history and preservation of historic Route 66.
    In addition to the movie the schedule includes concerts, tours and exhibits. The Main Street Marketplace (Fifth and Main streets, downtown Joplin) will be the location for authors, artist, collectors and the 8 Route 66 state associations.
    Whether you are a seasoned Road Warrior or new to the Route 66 experience, this is the place to learn about the Mother Road. The Route 66 International Festival will be a great opportunity to meet with those people who are dedicated to the two-lane gray lady.

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