Edgewood invites you to discover a day of fun and outdoor adventure as the town turns 18 years old.

This year’s Route 66 Run, Rally & Rock kicks off on Aug. 5 with a 10 a.m. parade along its namesake road starting at Linnie Court and continuing east onto Plaza Loop.

Spectators will find Rich Ford Edgewood transformed to be half dealership, half party, for a full day filled with games, bouncies, EXPO exhibitors, entertainment, and free food. The celebration is capped off with a fireworks spectacular hosted by Rich Ford is at last light, approximately 8:30 p.m.

Admission is free for all activities. Route 66 Run, Rally & Rock spectators are encouraged to get their parade viewing location staked out early before the highway is closed to traffic. Ample parking is available along the parade route and at various temporary lots near Rich Ford. Evening fireworks can be viewed from numerous Edgewood locations along Route 66 and Plaza Loop.

The town is currently hosting Edgewood Arts Trail (five temporary, life-sized art installations by New Mexico artists, thanks to New Mexico Arts).

Edgewood is also home to the Trinkets & Treasures Trail (30+ vendors for art, antiques, and hand-crafted items), and Wildlife West Nature Park, which hosts its weekly Saturday Chuckwagon BBQ and concert. Reservations are required by 2 p.m. on the day of the show, and the evening’s entertainment is by The Buckarettes.

Visitors will find games, a business Expo, prize drawings, free food, music and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rich Ford.

The parade starts at 10 a.m., with the business Expo running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which will include prize drawings every half hour.

At 11 a.m., the annual pie eating contests featuring pies from Chili Hills restaurant will happen; at noon juggler Andy Young will entertain crowds.

Performances by Roosevelt Middle School, East Mountain Dance and Evolution are in the afternoon.

A pancake eating contest courtesy of Denny’s restaurant is at 2:30 p.m., followed by more performances throughout the remainder of the afternoon.

The evening will be rounded out by a fireworks show put on by Rich Ford around 8:30 p.m.

To learn more about the event, this year hosted by the town of Edgewood, contact 505-286-4518.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at news.ind.editor@gmail.com.