John Hacker took this photo of the 2019 Cruise-A-Palooza fireworks show.  This year’s display will be at sunset Saturday night.

Beefed up Cruise-A-Palooza starts Friday

Steak cookoff on Saturday is one of the new attractions added to this annual event

The fireworks have silenced, but there will be more as the sun sets Saturday night on Route 66 Cruise-A-Palooza in King Jack Park.

The two-day annual event will get underway at 4 p.m. Friday. 

Planners with the City and Chamber of Commerce are doubling their efforts this year and have signed up more than twice as many food and craft vendors. The 70 vendors include downtown merchants, who will also be having a sidewalk sale in front of their shops this weekend.

There are now more than 70 businesses, food and craft vendors signed up for the annual Route 66 Cruise-A-Palooza, July 8 – 9 at King Jack Park.

Red, White and Brew is new this year. It’s a tent featuring locally brewed beer and wine. The City Council, on a trial basis, is making an exception to the city ordinance that prohibits alcohol in city parks. Soft drinks, such as Flag City Brewery’s root beer, will also be available. Admission will be restricted to those 21 and older.

Of course, there will be the Route 66 Car Show, and a new spinoff of sorts, Henkle’s CARnivore Cookoff. 

Sanctioned and judged by the Steak Cookoffs Association, the CARnivore will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday as contestants meet and select their steaks or burgers. The first steaks will be done at noon as contestants in the kids category turn in their entries. Burgers will be turned in at 1 p.m., followed by steak turn-ins at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Awards will be presented at 5 p.m.

CARnivore entry fees range up to $300, with top prizes paying $1,000. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

Entertainment on opening night will start at 6:30 p.m. with “All You Need Is Love and More,” featuring the greatest hits of the Beatles, plus numbers from Joplin Little Theatre’s recent musicals, including, “Man of LaMancha” and “Spamalot.” Singers and dancers will be from Pinocchio School of Dance, Briley Performing Arts and Joplin Little Theatre. 

At sundown, “The Goonies” movie will be shown under the stars. Bring your lawnchairs and blankets.

Here’s the entertainment lineup for Saturday:

  • Noon – Road to ToRa
  • 2:15 p.m. – Zane Grimes
  • 4:30 p.m. – Colton Kro & the Murder
  • 7 p.m. – Left of Center

For updates and more information, go to the Webb City Community Event Calendar on Facebook.