Thanks to Ellie Alexander of Pontiac Tourism for providing this list of events and activities taking place during the Red Carpet Corridor festivities, May 5 and 6, 2012:
The 6th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival will be held Saturday May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 2012. All along the 90-mile stretch of historic Route 66 – from Joliet to Towanda – there will be a wide variety of events. Each of the 13 towns located along this portion of the “Mother Road” will offer its unique collection of activities associated with the festival.
In Joliet, the Route 66 Visitor’s Center at the Joliet Area Historical Museum will be open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and noon to 5:00 PM on Sunday. Admission to the Route 66 Experience portion of the Joliet Area Historical Museum will be free during the festival. Discounted rates will be available on these days for RCC attendees desiring to experience the Museum’s galleries. Joliet Area Historical Museum is located at 204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet, (815) 723-5201 ext 226.
Saturday in Elwood will be “Are You Elwood?” day. The festival organizers there will be searching for a favorite Blues Brother and calling all Elwoods to the stage at Lloyd Erickson Park. Live & DJ Entertainment all day at Lloyd Erickson Park will be followed by an evening of live Blues entertainment. Bring your roller skates and have a blast from the past at the Bobby Sock Skate at Lloyd Erickson Park. There will be children’s activities and food vendors all day long and visitors can cruise the village to see the historic homes of Elwood. On both Saturday and Sunday there will be a special Children’s Garden at Lloyd Erickson Park. 815-423-5011.
Wilmington will be encouraging festival travelers to stop and take a photo with the Gemini Giant, Dino the Sinclair Dinosaur, Elvis cutouts and more. A 20-mile bike Red Carpet Ride begins/ends downtown at 9:00 AM and there will be flea markets, music, Hula & hound contests, cockroach races, RC car racing, and food all day. On Sunday there will be a baby back rib cook-off, morning worship service, a Twinkie decorating contest, children’s games and more. 815-476-5991