El Reno hosts annual Route 66 event

Families can get their kicks on Route 66 in El Reno this weekend.

The city's 11th annual Small Town Weekend celebrates the road's rich history with cars, food and entertainment Friday through Sunday. The El Reno Fire Department, the El Reno Police Department and the El Reno Cruisers, a group of classic-car enthusiasts, are sponsoring the annual event.

"This event helps renew the nostalgic feeling for Route 66," said Gene Stroman, spokesman for the El Reno Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The festivities start 6 p.m. Friday with a block party kickoff at Petree Plaza.

On Saturday, visitors can enter their miniature racing machines in a 9 a.m. Hot Wheels race at Adams Park. The first 100 racers will be provided a toy race car, and visitors can bring their own, as long as they aren't altered or modified, said Kathleen Douglas of the El Reno Fire Department.

Small Town Weekend also hosts a legal burnout contest, where participants can screech their tires along a closed-off section of Route 66 at noon on Saturday.

The route will close again 7 p.m. Saturday for a car cruise. Jobe's Drive-In, 1220 Sunset, will serve as the headquarters for the cruise, during which local police officers will pull over random drivers to give away prizes.

Small Town Weekend will wrap up noon Sunday with a car show. All participating cars must be a 1982 model or older, Stroman said. "Jamie Birdwell