St. Clair and other chambers of commerce along Interstate 44 from Eureka to Rolla are preparing for the ninth annual Route 66 Treasure Hunt set for Labor Day weekend.
This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, in each city along the route.
The treasure hunt was the brainchild of the St. Clair Area Chamber of Commerce and its executive director at the time, Terry Triphahn, in 2004. The idea behind it is to promote the historic Route 66 and the regional cities that dot the map by serving as hosts to a giant rummage sale. The distance between Eureka and Rolla is about 70 miles.
“This year’s event is going to be great,” current St. Clair Chamber Executive Director Angela Crawford said. “Vendors will have an awesome opportunity to sell their wares and make some extra cash, and shoppers will surely find some great treasures.”
In 2012, Eureka, Pacific, Sullivan, Cuba, St. James and Rolla are participating as well as St. Clair.
Travelers and others are invited to stop in each city during the three-day period to see what kind of bargains will be sold in garage-sale style. In St. Clair, vendors can set up shop at several locations, including Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Dace Excavating, the Old Country Fresh Market, the St. Clair Building Center and the Gratzer Construction Building. Individuals also may set up an outside booth at their personal residence or business.
“Don’t miss out,” Crawford said.
In St. Clair, Route 66 is Commercial Avenue.
During Monday’s St. Clair Board of Aldermen meeting, city officials unanimously voted to allow merchant sidewalk sales during the event. City Administrator Rick Childers said the motion was required under city ordinance.
Maps and other information are available on the St. Clair Area Chamber of Commerce website by clicking HERE. For more information, contact the Chamber at 636-629-6000, extension 3.
By Keith E. Domke, St. Clair Missourian Editor The Missourian