Military Vehicle Preservation Assocation’s Route 66 Convoy to Travel Through Galena

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy  will be passing through Kansas Route 66 roughly between 3:30 to 4:30 on Sunday 9/24 with approximately 50 vintage military vehicles dated back to WWI. They are scheduled to stop in Carthage, MO from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and then head to Miami, OK where they will be staying the night before heading to Sapulpa, OK, all the while only traveling 35 miles per hour. Bring you flags and come out and greet them as they pass through Galena.


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The Military Vehicle Preservation Association ( will be conducting their Route 66 91st Anniversary Convoy with as many as 65 Historic Military Vehicles (HMVs) that will retrace the original 1926 Route 66. The convoy will launch from DuPage County Fairgrounds in the Chicagoland area on Saturday, September 16th, with a planned arrival in Santa Monica, California on Saturday, October 14th. They will be traveling at 35 mph. This 2,448 mile/29 day convoy represents Americas longest veterans  parade, honoring the service and sacrifice of Veterans of all generations.

The MVPA Convoy symbolizes the ground forces legacy of the nation, showcasing Americas Historic Military Vehicles of many types, ranging from WWII-era to those just released from the US Armed Forces inventories. Privately owned HMVs in the convoy include motorcycles, jeeps and large cargo trucks. The public is invited to come out and enjoy seeing the MVPA Convoy at the various stops in Illinois.

On Saturday, September 16th the convoy will stop at the VFW in Dwight, IL at 11:00 am, before arriving in Pontiac, IL. at approx. 1:00pm. The vehicles will be on display around Pontiac’s Downtown Square throughout the afternoon and evening. This will be a rare opportunity for Pontiac residents and visitors to view these unique military vehicles close up and visit with the convoy members. In addition to the MVPA convoy, Downtown Pontiac will also host the GTOAA which holds their annual all Pontiac regional cruise and show the same weekend. All four of Pontiacs museums will be open both Saturday and Sunday.

The MVPA Convoy will make two Logan County stops on September 17th, in Atlanta and Lincoln. The convoy will be in Atlanta from approx. 10am-2pm that Sunday, and will be eating lunch at the Palms Grill Café. Arch Street in downtown Atlanta will be blocked off between Race and Vine Streets, where the convoy will park their vehicles along this one block stretch of Old Route 66 for a great viewing opportunity. After leaving Atlanta, the convoy will take the 1926-1930 Route 66 alignment through downtown Lincoln arriving at approximately 2:15pm, and making a stop at The Mill at approximately 2:30-3:00pm. The public is welcome to the Mill for the event, and the Mill museum will be open during their stay. The convoy will then continue to Springfield, staying at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Sunday night through Monday.

“The scene along Old Rt. 66 in downtown Atlanta when the convoy stops in town should be pretty interesting, as Brad Nelson, convoy coordinator, has indicated. His plan is to take all the vehicles and ‘rack ’em and stack ’em’ four abreast on the one block section of Rt. 66 between Race and Vine Streets. It’s sure to be a sight,” said Bill Thomas of Logan County Economic Development Corporation.

On Tuesday, September 19th, the convoy continues their journey with an early morning stop between 8am-8:30am at the Auburn Brick Road on the 1926-30 alignment of the famous highway, which is now Illinois Route 4. The convoy will then continue to Carlinville with a stop around the beautiful historic Carlinville Square between 10am-11am. From there they head down to Hamel for a lunch stop from Noon-1:30pm at the park with food provided by Weezy’s Route 66 Bar & Grill. The convoy will then cross the Chain of Rocks Bridge over the Mississippi River as it heads west into Missouri at approx. 2:30pm.

The MVPA Convoy, as part of this trip, is honoring the significant role Route 66 played in Americas World War II history. During the war, Route 66 became a major military vehicular corridor, transporting troops and supplies to various facilities. As a result, Route 66 expanded into one of the earliest sections of four-lane divided highways in the country to further facilitate the transportation needs of the military. It was also re-routed around larger communities (the final 1940-77 Route 66 alignment). The public is invited to view the convoy as it travels along Illinois Route 66. Veterans and military members are especially encouraged to welcome this unique convoy as it travels through your community. You can also follow the progress of the convoy at and check for updated arrival times at Photo courtesy Pontiac Tourism.


Join us for Trunk or Treat @ City Hall

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Oktoberfest 2017

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Congratulations to the 2017 Cal Ripken 12u Regional Champions

Back Row: Coach Chris Dart, Coach Caleb Turner, Coach Brad Price, Middle Row: Daryn Combs, Malachi Wesley, Easton Dart, Tyler Little, Hadley Price, Bottom Row: Zane Turner, KC Hopkins, Randy Cockerel, Evan Turner, Koby Myers, and Mia Sarwinski.

The undefeated Cal Ripken 12u State Champions traveled to Garden City this past week to participate in the Regional tournament. They are now the Undefeated Regional Champions and will travel to Clemmons, North Carolina Aug 3rd – 10th to play in the World Series. During the regional tournament they had several awards given to them as a team and individual players. The team received the Sportsmanship Award, Mia Sarwinski earned the AHHP ( Attitude, Hustle, and Pride) award only given to one player, Tyler Little, Easton Dart, Malachi Wesley, and Zane Turner all received the All Tournament Team Award. Amongst many MVP awards and WOW awards given out each game. The City of Galena is very proud of each and everyone of the coaches, players, families, fans, and supporters. Good Luck at the World Series.