This is one of our featured blogs from the past…With the island of Cuba in the news lately, its time to take another look at Cuba, Missouri’s relationship to all the Cubas. And we will repeat the story of how Cuba, Missouri got its name. And there is the Senior Class trip of 1952 to Havana.
The 2014 Route 66 Cuba Fest Chili Cook-Off is revin’ its engines for take off. Plan to cruise in for a pit stop for some Hot Rod Chili as some of Cuba’s car enthusiasts vie for the title as Champion Chili Cooker. Who will run off with the title this year and receive the silver ladle? Be there to participate and vote for your favorite in the home stretch.
In 2014, the official Route 66 Cuba Fest is Saturday and Sunday October 18-19. This year there is a bonus with pre-Cuba Fest activities of a Cruise in and bonfire planned at the historic landmark Wagon Wheel Motel on Friday, October 17. And Saturday night the Route 66 Road Crew band will be playing classic rock at Belmont Winery, with the Tri-C Club running the gate. And as details are ironed out, there will be more announcements to look forward to.
Cuba Fest under various names, etc. has been in existence since Marie Marr started it in 1961 as the Cuba Art Show. It helps keep us town-strong as it is part of our small town culture.
There are 3 reasons that you should support this yearly community event and help us stay town-strong.
March 22, 2014, (9:00 am Rain or Shine) creates race fever as the community prepares for a yearly event that brings out hundreds for the four-mile race that shuts down both lanes of Route 66 and raises 1000s for the fitness of Cuba kids. Last year, the 6th annual Route 66 Race to the Rocker brought in over $20,000 for Cuba’s kids.
As Viva Cuba members travel, we often notice that our small town has events in common with larger or distant cities–such as Riverside, California.
What do Cuba, Missouri and Riverside, California have in common? Both towns enjoyed visits from two famous women, Amelia Earhart and Bette Davis.
Earhart and Davis are depicted on large outdoor murals along the Route 66 corridor, commemorating their stopovers in Cuba, Missouri.
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