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LEXINGTON -- The fifth annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor festival will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 8 in 12 communities along a 90-mile stretch of the Mother Road from Joliet to Towanda.

Each community will produce its own events, from full-blown festivals to antique and craft sales; art sales; car, tractor and motorcycle shows; live entertainment; and yard, garage and sidewalk sales.

New this year is a "passport" with listings with information about each town's weekend events. Travelers can pick up their passport at their first stop and have it stamped in each town they visit.

Food, snacks and treats will be available, as well as historic sites, free museums and mom-and-pop businesses.

Participating towns include downtown Joliet, Elwood, Wilmington, Braidwood, Godley, Braceville, Gardner, Dwight, Odell, Pontiac, Chenoa, Lexington and Towanda.

Events in Pontiac include the Bob Waldmire Memorial Mural Project, music, model train display, arts festival and preview of the new Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum.

Chenoa will have live bands, a carnival and food vendors.

In Lexington, events include a tractor show, children's games, a bed race, bean-bag tournament, children's parade and Mother's Day celebration.

Towanda plans music, a carnival, lawnmower races and a car show.

On the Web

Red Carpet Corridor -- For information and schedules, go to: www.il66redcarpetcorridor.org/

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