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4th Annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival - Miners, Mobsters & the Mother Road
Date & Time
6/9/18 - 6/10/18
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Description
The 4th annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival, which is now known as the Miners, Mobsters & the Mother Road event, is Sat/Sun, June 9 & 10, 2018, featuring 12 towns from Virden to Collinsville with a shared history of miners, mobsters and the Mother Road. Enjoy a day of fun and surprises! Participating communities this year are: Virden, Girard, Carlinville, Gillespie, Staunton, Hamel, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Litchfield, Mt. Olive, Troy & Collinsville. The new Virden History Mural unveiling will be just one of the highlights of the event! The Blue Carpet Corridor, from Virden down to Collinsville, is a unique section of Route 66 characterized not only by its Mother Road charm, but also its rich mining history and colorful mobster lore.

Route 66 is known for its quirky attractions, roadside hospitality, and family fun. And on the second weekend in June, the blue carpet will be rolled out to welcome thousands of travelers all along the Blue Carpet Corridor. The event highlights 12 communities on historic Route 66 including Virden, Girard, Carlinville, Gillespie, Staunton, Hamel, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Litchfield, Mt. Olive, Troy & Collinsville.

A variety of events and activities awaits visitors in the nineteen participating communities along three historic alignments of the Mother Road. The cities and villages have planned a variety of activities, including festivals, car shows, live entertainment, children's activities, and historic tours and exhibits. Food stands and eateries will be open for hungry travelers. Innovative museums, towering monuments, historic buildings, and winding stretches of original highway are waiting to be discovered. Visitors can scour antique shops, yard sales, flea markets, and unique mom and pop stores for hidden treasures.

So load the family car, start early, and join in for a whole weekend of fun on the Blue Carpet Corridor on Saturday & Sunday, June 9 & 10. Don't forget to bring your camera because photo ops will be plentiful!

Each community's activities and events, as well as local attractions, restaurants, and lodging, can be found on the Blue Carpet Corridor website community pages. For maps, updates, news, and complete event schedules, go to www.bluecarpetcorridor.org and check www.facebook.com/BlueCarpetCorridor for updates.
Location
Southern Illinois Route 66
Virden to Collinsville, IL

Contact
618-307-5049