When company comes, you pick up the clutter and make everything look bright. Old Route 66 between historic uptown Cuba, Missouri and the Guinness World’s Largest Rocking Chair at Fanning needed a little cleanup before company comes next weekend. Some of Cuba’s organizations decided to unite for a little home town beautification and give the 4-mile stretch of road a some TLC before the Route 66 Race to the Rocker on March 26.
On Saturday, March 19 JOG, inc. members, 4-H volunteers, and others came together to help pick up trash along both sides of the Route 66 Race to the Rocker Route. MoDOT would later come along to pick up the bright yellow bags and other debris piled along the road.
With waves and honks from passing motorists, the bags filled with a variety of trash as the morning wore on. Starting a little after 9:00 am, it was close to 12:00 when the groups reached the landmark of the large rocking chair and knew that their work was done. After a look around the Fanning Outpost US 66 General Store and a cold Route 66 rootbeer, they headed back to town. Now they were left to work out the twinges from a morning’s work and get ready for the 4-mile run on March 26.
Some updates on the Race-related activities…and more photos of volunteers
Four-H members and their families are hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at Recklein Auditorium on Friday evening starting at 5:00 until 8:00. During this time, there will also be a race expo with local businesses/organizations on site, and racers can pick up their packets before the Saturday registration. Packets can also be picked up Saturday morning before 8:30.
Jeff Bouse of Hayes Shoe Store will be at the Friday evening expo and the Saturday registration collecting gently used shoes for the Soles 4Souls organization in Tennessee that helps the shoes get to those who need them. Some of this year’s shoes might go to earthquake victims in Japan. So clean up shoes in good condition and donate them at the race expo or registration on Saturday.
Pre-registrations have reached the 650 goal with more coming in each day. We will have a lalapalooza of a group photo under the rocker this year.
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