Our Mission Statement:
“To promote the Route 66 community, and to present the wide variety of activities, sites, and attractions offered in the greater Kingman area to an international audience.”
Letter From The Festival Director
It is such an honor to be the Director of the Route 66 International Festival Kingman 2014!
What a pleasure it is to share Kingman with the world. We are ready to show you what we have to offer that is unique to our area. We have Kingman Turquoise, the Majestic Hualapai Mountains, Museums, Parks, Historic buildings and best of all….. Route 66. Our beautiful Historic Downtown area is rich in history and culture.
As a board member of the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce, I have learned that for a community to grow and thrive, every one needs to be involved. In preparation for this Festival, we called for volunteers and our community answered. Over 250 citizens signed up and are excited to assist. They are ready to answer questions, give directions or tell you their favorite place to go in Kingman.
We have planned several events for you this weekend. You can see Concerts, artists, authors, collectors of memorabilia, vendors and classic car shows. Authors Bob “Boze” Bell and Anne Slanina will hold book signings. Jim Hinckley will be on hand to share history of Kingman and Route 66. You can experience a walking tour of Downtown or just explore our antique shops. There really is something for everyone.
So, Welcome to Kingman, my Hometown, the place I chose to raise my children and where they are raising their children. Enjoy your time here and please come back soon.
I look forward to attending the Route 66 International Festival in Kingman, Az. The thought of seeing my Route 66 family and visiting a great place like Kingman, Az. has been greatly anticipated. Oh yeah not to mention I get to travel all that way with Melba Jean “The Mouth”. Never a dull moment!
Renee Charles, Kansa Historic Route 66 Association
Greetings and welcome to Kingman, Arizona, and the 2014 International Route 66 Festival!
As a co-founder of the Route 66 Alliance, the voice of the Sheriff of Radiator Springs in the Pixar film Cars, and the author of Route 66: The Mother Road, it is my honor and pleasure to extend our best wishes to you as we once again celebrate our beloved and historic highway in our host city of Kingman — Crossroads of the Past and Future.
Take it from me, during these days and nights in Kingman, you will encounter some of the historic highway’s most notable personalities and characters, including musicians, artists, authors, photographers, collectors, preservationists, and lifelong fans of the Mother Road.
The menu of events and activities will keep you on the go but there are plenty of places and opportunities to enjoy food and drink, pause to hear sweet road music or a tall tale, peruse the variety of exhibits, and take in a movie at the film festival.
So take it from the ole Sheriff himself — have fun and celebrate the legendary highway that will live forever — our Route 66!
P.S. Remember, no tractor tippin’!
Hello and welcome to Kingman for the 2014 International Route 66 Festival. Kingman and all of northwestern Arizona hold a special place in my heart along Route 66. In 1996 when I moved to Los Angeles, it was this portion of Route 66 that kept drawing me back and made me fall in love with the Mother Road. So much so in fact, that in 1998 I directed 158 Miles to Yesterday, a non-fiction short film (ACTUALLY SHOT ON FILM!) that discussed in the first person this stretch of Mother Road. All these years later I’m excited to be back in Kingman, and I look forward to speaking about the future of our beloved highway and discussing our mutual admiration for it with you.
On behalf of the Texas Old Route 66 Association I want to welcome you to the International Route 66 Festival. Our slogan “Deep in the Heart of the Mother Road” is much more than a slogan. Our 178 mile stretch of Route 66 is packed full of excitement and true Texas experiences. Traveling west, the town of Shamrock is your first big “Welcome to Texas” and has a Visitor Information Center located in the historic and beautifully restored U Drop Inn. Here you will find all of the information you need to enjoy your excursion though Texas. Before you get to the New Mexico line, you will reach the Mid-Point of your journey. At the Mid-Point Café & Gift Shop, you will find the same big friendly “Welcome”. Traveling east you will find the same experience in reverse. Regardless of your direction of travel, all along the way we offer our travelers a big “Howdy” and “Welcome” to our past, present and future. We will be looking for you!
Larry Clonts, Director
Shamrock EDC & Tourism
Treasurer of the Old Route 66 Association of Texas
August 16th at 7:30PM
in the Lee Williams High School Auditorium.
The group "Reunion" formerly known as
"The Lettermen" will be playing a show
during the festival.
Tickets are on sale now
for $20 through the
Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce
Call (928) 753-6253 for more information