2019 festival visitors once again enjoyed the vibrant, annual gathering of authors, artists, associations & collectors affiliated with Route 66. Offering creative displays of memorabilia, information about their products and services and items for sale, there were items of interest for a wide range of people.

2019 Exhibitors & Vendors

Thomas A. Peters, Springfield, MO
candid outdoor headshot of tom petersTom Peters serves as the Dean of Library Services at Missouri State University in Springfield. He was born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa. His undergraduate degree (Philosophy and English) is from Grinnell College, and his two master’s degrees are from the University of Iowa (Library Science) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (English). For almost three decades, he has worked as an academic librarian in Missouri, Illinois, and Minnesota. Since 2012, he has lived in and loved the Missouri Ozarks. In 2016 Peters released “John T. Woodruff of Springfield, Missouri, in the Ozarks: An Encyclopedic Biography.” The volume documents Woodruff's many achievements, amazing both for their breadth and impact.

Born into poverty in the rural Missouri Ozarks shortly after the end of the Civil War, John T. Woodruff (1868-1949) became the greatest promoter of civic and regional development in the history of Springfield, Missouri. Schools, colleges, hospitals, hotels, and resorts all owed their existence and location to Woodruff’s clear vision and indefatigable efforts. The Woodruff Building and the Kentwood Arms Hotel are two of his outstanding architectural achievements. Woodruff brought the Frisco West Maintenance and Repair Shops to Springfield, and he helped found and build the entire town of Camdenton near the Lake of the Ozarks. For decades Woodruff promoted and built good roads in the Missouri Ozarks, and served two terms as the first president of the U.S. 66 Highway Association.

Cheryl Eichar Jett, Edwardsville, IL
head shot of cheryl eichar jett wearing a fashion scarfCheryl Eichar Jett is the author of six books and numerous articles about Route 66, and is a regular contributor to several regional publications, including "Show Me Route 66," the quarterly publication of the Route 66 Association of Missouri. She is currently working on a book about women's contributions to historic Route 66. Her stage play, "Aprons Away: Women's Work on the Mother Road," premiered October 27, 2018, at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois, as part of the 4th annual Miles of Possibility Route 66 Conference, and debuted as a two-act version in two performances June 22-23, 2019, at the Eagle Performing Arts Center in Pontiac, Illinois. Her website/blog is at www.route66chick.com. Cheryl is also an award-winning writer of short fiction and holds a graduate degree in history from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

She serves on the board of directors of Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, on the advisory council of the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability at SIUE, and as President of the (Illinois Route 66) Blue Carpet Corridor Coalition. In 2000, she was one of the founding board members of the Illinois Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association. In 2015, she established the annual Miles of Possibility Route 66 Conference in Edwardsville, which travels to a different Illinois Route 66 city each year in October.

Joe Sonderman, St. Louis, MO
outdoor portrait of joe sonderman on an old bridgeJoe Sonderman is a Route 66 historian, collector, and author with more than a dozen books to his credit, most of them on Route 66 history. He is also editor of the Route 66 Association of Missouri's quarterly magazine, "Show Me Route 66," for which he writes many articles, and is also a regular contributor to the international publication, "Route 66" magazine. Joe is an avid collector of Route 66 postcards and photos, with thousands of his images available to view on his website www.66postcards.com.

Joe is a long time St. Louis radio traffic reporter and personality who also spent years in traffic management for the Missouri Department of Transportation. His newest book is "Route 66: Then and Now."

Judy Walker, Springfield, MO
outdoor photo of judy walker holding her cameraJudy Walker has been a Route 66 roadie for several years and loves to bring Route 66 to people through her photography. Judy aspires to excite others about Route 66 in hopes they will travel the route too! Please visit Judy at her booth at the festival-she'd love to meet you and share Route 66 stories.

Judy's RJ's Route 66 is a local business with an online store. Walker's unique, distinctive shirts and metal signs are made from photos taken by her on Route 66! One of the specialty items RJ's Route 66 sells is Route 66 wine corks, also made in the USA. All items carried by RJ's Route 66 are proudly made in the USA!

Dean Kennedy, Indianapolis, IN
candid outdoor portrait of Dean KennedyDean Kennedy has been driving Route 66 consistently since 2009 and travelled it as a child during family vacations from Indiana to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dean designed Route 66 Wine Corks and had a friend make them for him to sell along Route 66 to iconic locations and at festivals. He began selling Mother Road Natural soap last year, made by his friends, Gary & Stephanie Daggett. Dean said, “I love to travel the road, meet the people, and work the booths at the festivals with my friend and partner, Judy Walker of RJ’s Route 66.
Susan Sullivan, Nixa, MO
outdoor portrait of susan sullivan in front of a barn, wearing a blue hat and flowered, black dressSusan Sullivan was born in St. Louis, MO., adopted when only weeks old and raised in Branson, MO. Discovering watercolors at age 13 in a junior-high art class, Sullivan quickly learned that this medium came naturally to her. Later she attended St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley where she earned a degree in fine art.

Susan is known for using exquisite colors and blending them to create her watercolor paintings. She has participated in a few exhibitions, winning first place and best of show. Susan enjoys utilizing her skills teaching others how to create art. Her art is marketed mainly through her Etsy shop: Blue Hat Lady.

Joan Gerber - Big 12 Trading
Purses and accessories
Rhonda Hill - JJ Boutique
Clothing and accessories
Penny Woodall - Penny Lane Creations
Signs and home décor
Becci Broadbent - Damsel in Defense
Self-defense items

Mike & Sharon Ward, Mesa, AZ (maps, postcards)
photo of mike and sharon ward sporting route 66 themed shirts Mike and Sharon Ward both grew up in Southern Illinois in the towns of Marion and Energy. They never met until after Mike left to join the Air Force in 1966. They married in 1969 and spent the next 20 years traveling and going to where the Air Force said to go, and sometimes travel took them down Route 66. Retirement from the Air Force in 1989 and settling down in Mesa, Arizona meant a change in jobs but it didn’t change their interest in travel. They reconnected with Route 66 in the early 1990s and for the past 20+ years have traveled and supported Route 66 in many ways. Mike has collected old road maps most of his life and added a Route 66 postcard collecting hobby about 15 years ago. Those two hobbies have been combined into an interesting and visual display which has been shown at many Route 66 festivals and gatherings. They both enjoy talking to others about Route 66 and sharing their passion for the road.
Steve Rider, Albany, NY
photo of steve rider sitting in a vintage convertibleSteve Rider, a retired teacher from Albany, NY, has been cruising Route 66 and collecting memorabilia since the mid-1990s. Steve always displays a variety of vintage items that frequently includes road signs, pennants, maps, postcards, brochures, and other unusual items.

Route 66 Association of Missouri
route 66 association of missouriThe Route 66 Association of Missouri is a nonprofit organization established to preserve, promote, and develop Historic Route 66 (The Main Street of America) in the "Show-Me" State. Originating from the efforts of dedicated volunteers who realized Historic 66 in Missouri deserved recognition and preservation, the Association became a reality in early 1990 when it began officially with more charter members than any other state Route 66 Association. Today, Association members number 1,100 and reside in over 40 states plus internationally.

After several years of work by very dedicated Association members in partnership with the Missouri Department of Transportation, and after many public meetings in communities along Route 66, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission voted on Nov. 9, 2005, to designate Missouri Historic Route 66 as a Missouri State Byway. The Byway dedication took place May 5, 2006.

Kansas Historic Route 66 Association
black and white graphic of kansas u s 66 shield signPromoting, preserving and protecting the 13.2 miles of Route 66 in Kansas.

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center and Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation, St. Robert, MO
pulaski county missouri u s a, a welcome place in america's heartlandKnowledgeable personnel, with the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau and Visitors Center, will help you find all the information you need to plan your vacation, here in the heart of the Ozarks. Enjoy Pulaski’s 33 miles of Route 66 with 66+ stops, float and fish along our scenic riverways, explore museums or enjoy a day at indoor shooting ranges, escape rooms or at one of the local festivals. You'll find more information on the visitpulaskicounty.org website. Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center is organized for the sole purpose of promotion of tourism and the comprehensive marketing of our destination.

Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation is excited about their first project, the Route 66 Neon Park development, an open air museum featuring vintage neon signs. Stop by the Visitors Center or visit Pulaski County's Route 66 Preservation website to learn more. Donations are being accepted and are tax deductible.

Being in the heart of the Ozarks means being in the center of activity. You are urged to come on down to Pulaski County, USA, located in America’s Heartland!

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway (Bill Kelly & Geoff Ladd) Springfield, IL
graphic of route 66 shield and a wide v shape, where the mother road begins Where the Mother Road Begins: The most famous road in the world first came into being in 1926 as part of the new numbered highway system, and Chicago is where Route 66 begins. The United States Department of Transportation has designated certain US roads as National Scenic Byways because of their special significance to the American people. Route 66 in Illinois received that recognition in 2005. Our non-profit organization has the responsibility for the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, and it is our mission to "...enhance and promote economic opportunities for each Illinois Route 66 community by preserving Illinois Route 66 Heritage and by sustaining and increasing heritage and cultural tourism."

Explore Route 66 one mile at a time. Route 66 defined a remarkable era in our nation's history and lives on today in Illinois Route 66's many roadside attractions, museums, restaurants and the shining ribbon of blacktop we call the Mother Road.

Missouri Division of Tourism, Near Conway, MO
logo: text reading missouri, enjoy the show and multicolor burst from the o in missouriThe Missouri Division of Tourism promotes all of Missouri’s unique travel destinations and road trips, including Route 66. They offer the Missouri Route 66 Welcome Center on I-44 near Conway. Informational materials are provided for all there is to see and do in Missouri. Take a trip down Missouri Route 66, and “Enjoy the Show!
Visit Joplin, Joplin, MO
teal and black graphic of route 66 sheild sign and a star with the words, joplin missouriThe Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a not for profit organization that serves as the area's destination expert. Joplin is a Route 66 Host Community, and the CVB supports Route 66 with information, events, materials and many complimentary services to roadies as they enjoy traveling the Mother Road through the area.

Event Details

Exhibits Coordinator

Shirley Robbins: 417-773-7714

Aug. 14, 2020

Authors, Artists, Collectors & Associations
Friday | 12 - 4 PM

Aug. 15, 2020

Authors, Artists, Collectors & Associations
Saturday | 10 AM - 4 PM

Participant/Vendor Info

We'd love to have you be a part of this fun event in 2020. You will need a Group Sales Event license from the City of Springfield if you are selling a service, face-painting, or merchandise. The minimum, one-month version is only $5!

More information, including additional length terms and pricing, is included on the Group Sales Event application.