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Historic Route 66 Car Show returns this weekend

The Historic Route 66 Car Show returns this weekend. (Loretta Yerian/WGCN)

The Historic Route 66 Car Show returns this weekend. (Loretta Yerian/WGCN)

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Cool classic cars, hot rods and one-of-a-kind street machines are headed to Williams for the fourth annual Historic Route 66 Car Show June 7-8.

Car buffs throughout the state will be given a chance to enjoy the nostalgia of Route 66 by viewing restored vintage cars and visiting downtown Williams as summer begins.

Organizer Charlie Bassett said the event has grown each year, with over 100 entrants already signed up, and many more expected the weekend of the event.

This year’s event will also include a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the Williams American Legion.

Bassett said the American Legion color guard marching group and American Legion motorcycle riders will be part of the event.

“This year’s event will be a little different,” Bassett said. “The cruise-the-loop is a little different, a little bigger.”

Bassett said this year’s awards will have an American Graffiti theme.

“Growing up in Williams was exactly like that movie,” said Bassett, who was raised in Williams. “We used to cruise our hot-rods up and down main street, and everyone would pull in and chat at the A&W drive-in.”

The Historic Route 66 Car Show benefits the America Legion Cordova Post 13 of Williams. The post supports numerous programs in the community. The group places flags along the streets on patriotic occasions, they fund funerals, host flag retirement events, provide high school scholarships, host Run for the Wall motorcycle riders, assist with the Nation of Patriots and maintain Williams Monument Park. They also participate in Boys State, provide safe shooting training for youth, and sponsor baseball, football and other sports for local children.

On June 7, the American Legion is hosting a meet and greet with a burger burn from 11 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 425 W. Grant Ave.. Anyone preregistered can pick up their packets at this time.

The registration tent will move to the Circle K parking lot where registration will continue from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“All through Friday people can still register for the car show on Saturday,” Bassett said.

The cruise-the-loop portion of the event will begin at 5 p.m. with cars lining up on Ninth Street to begin the drive.

On June 8, cars will line up along downtown where people can view the cars and meet with owners. Cars will be judged at 10 a.m. and winners will be awarded trophies at approximately 3 p.m. at the Sultana Theatre.

More information is available at http://www.williamshistoricroute66carshow.com.

American Legion centennial celebration

The American Legion Centennial Celebration tops off three days of celebrating with a day full of food, family fun and games all free to the Williams community.

Free hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, games and prizes, watermelon eating contest, face painting and more takes place at Glassburn Park June 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will also feature three bands for entertainment, participation and displays by 13 American Legion Posts from Northern Arizona, including Annabella Small Canyon, daughter of WWII USMC Code Talker George Willie.

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