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A cruisin' good time


Deb Patterson stands by her Mustang on display at the cruise-in near the Finish Line downtown.

Saturday’s clear skies and sunshine provided the perfect backdrop for the various Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival events in Chenoa.


Downtown was filled with live music, a flea market and food vendors. Volunteer Phaedra Price noted this year’s festival had a virtual giveaway. Everyone had a code they could enter into an app.


“When they get all of their codes done, they will get a passport sent to them,” explained Price.


The Midwest Real Street Machine car cruise-in was held in front of the Finish Line. Deb Patterson of Pontiac brought her 2017 Ford Mustang GT.


“I’ve had it a year,” Patterson said. “This is the third Mustang that I’ve had.”


Patterson attends quite a few car shows during the year with her Mustang.


“It’s going to be a beautiful day and we are going to have a lot of cars,” she added.


A committee made up of representatives of each town from Joliet to Towanda meets monthly throughout the year to organize the Red Carpet Corridor Festival which is in its 15th year.


“We had people that came through from Germany and we’ve had Indiana (residents) every year so they know about this route and they take it and know this weekend,” observed Price.


Visitors to town could also experience the historic Chenoa Pharmacy which is a member of the Route 66 Hall of Fame.


The day started with the inaugural 5K Chenoa Run, Walk or Ride event from the Chenoa Run Club at Crossroads Café. Also, the all-town garage sales continued, sponsored by the Chenoa Women’s Club.


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