Along Route 66, a 90-mile sidewalk sale
By Susan DeMar Lafferty firstname.lastname@example.org March 24, 2014 5:38PM
Updated: April 26, 2014 6:13AM
Will County towns will participate in the eighth annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival May 3 and 4 — a 90-mile festival from Joliet to Towanda along historic Route 66.
Each of the 12 towns along the route will host events, which will include festivals, antique and craft sales, car shows, live entertainment, food, historic sites, and museums.
For the first time, the RCC Festival will have a Kicks on 66 Sale, featuring 90 miles of yard, garage and sidewalks sales in towns along the corridor.
The festival and sale run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 3 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4 and are designed to promote tourism in the area.
“This festival draws thousands of participants. We want to bring more awareness to the whole corridor,” said Debyjo Ericksen, of the Will County land use department and coordinator of the Kicks on 66 Sale. “It’s our vision to establish the world’s longest yard sale.”
Ericksen is focused on getting Will County businesses and residents involved, and urges them to create their own sales. More information is at kickson66sale.com, and on Facebook and Twitter.
In Joliet, the Will County Habitat for Humanity ReStore will sponsor a “Flea Market Flip” contest in which up to 20 contestants can purchase an item at one of the sales along the route during the festival and create it into something new. Rules are at kickson66sale.com and judging will be at 3 p.m. May 4 at the Joliet Historical Museum. Top prize is a $200 gift certificate to the Habitat’s ReStore. To register, contact Annette Leck at (815) 714-7010.
The Route 66 Visitor’s Center at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, 204 N. Ottawa Street, Joliet, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday May 3 and from noon to 5 p.m. on May 4, with discounted admissions for RCC attendees.
Catholic Charities will host a sale, inviting people to sell items out of their office at Cass and Ottawa, Joliet.
Elwood will have a Cruise N’ Swap event, inviting folks to swap items from 7 a.m. to noon at Elwood Village Hall, 401 East Mississippi and check out a classic car show and cruise through the NASCAR racetrack, drag strip and Autobahn car club. All classic cars welcome and Mustangs will be featured. Car show registration is from 8 to 10 a.m. with the cruise at 1 p.m.
Throughout the two-day event Elwood will search for its favorite Blues Brother — Elwood. Those dressed like the famous character can stop in and have their photo taken. Festgoers are also encouraged to visit Elwood’s Children’s Garden, Lloyd Erickson Park, the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery and Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.
More information about Elwood events is at 815-423-5011.
Wilmington invites visitors to “chalk the walk” with a Route 66 message, take the bridge walk to the downtown flea market and antique shops, sign the ceiling at Nelly’s, and enjoy music, food and contests. On Sunday at North Island Park there will be a baby back ribs cook-off, morning worship service, cupcake contest and children’s games. More information is at 815-476-5991.
Braidwood will offer an extended flea market, with hanging baskets, crafts, flea market items, Vidalia onion sales by the Shriners and the annual Lions Club broom sale. More information is at 815-353-3053.