Plans are moving forward for the city of Kingmanto garner the nomination to serve as the host for the 2014 International Route 66 Festival, and to ensure that the event showcases the wide array of amenities and attractions that will make Kingman a vacation destination. At a recent organizational meeting a rough framework for the event was drafted, and a wide array of business owners as well as residents volunteered to ensure that the city is well represented.
The events being planned for the 2014 festival include a film festival showcasing movies filmed in Kingman or along Route 66, or starring Andy Devine. Rob Chilcoat has volunteered to coordinate this with Brendan Theaters.
Kristi Turman will be lending her expertise and experience to bring vendors to Kingman for the event, and the owners of Desert Diamond Distillery, Stetson Winery, and Alpacas of the Southwest will be developing special events to be held in conjunction with the festival. As the extensively promoted car show that will be a part of the festival is to be an expanded version of  Chillin’ on Beale, the organizers of that event, Ralph Bowman, Pauline Rowe, and Ron Giebrecht, have volunteered to develop this event.
In addition, discussions pertaining to sending a representative from Kingman to the International Route 66 Festival in Joplinwas initiated, a need magnified with the receipt of an invitation from the Route 66 Alliance for the Route 66 Summit Meeting.
Interest in the Route’s preservation, history and legislative matters form the agenda of a Summit Meeting held Friday morning of the festival weekend. This year’s Summit will focus on economic development. We are also open to adding other items to the agenda now in development.
This meeting brings together the National Park Service, the eight state associations, and other Route 66 influences, including individuals and other interested parties to discuss concerns and achievements in keeping the historic route alive. “

For more information, to volunteer, or to include your business for an event, or as a sponsor, contact Steve Wagner at 928-377-2239 or Jim Hinckley at 928-530-7899.