The 8th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival that takes place May 3 & 4 will feature three new events. The two-day festival is a 90-mile celebration of Route 66 and its heritage. Towns along the Mother Road, from Joliet to Towanda, will be staging a broad variety of events in conjunction with the festival. There will be car shows, cook-offs, flea markets, bake sales, live entertainments, food, carnivals, crafts, and more. To see the events each of the 13 towns that make up the Red Carpet Corridor will offer, visit the Red Carpet Corridor website: http://il66redcarpetcorridor.org.
The first of Pontiac’s new events is a Pontiac Mural Scavenger Hunt. The Scavenger Hunt will be available for kids of all ages. Participants should first stop at the International Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum to pick up an official scavenger hunt data sheet that will have images that show small sections of Pontiac’s various murals. Once they have the sheet, they will then search to identify the correct murals represented by the detail photos. The first 100 successful participants that return a completed scavenger hunt sheet to the Walldog museum will receive a small prize as a reward.
An Interactive Mural project will encourage participation by everyone. This is going to be a paper mural and people will be able to help design a part of the mural. When the mural is complete, it will be temporarily displayed in the Walldog Museum. The Interactive Mural will offer everyone an opportunity to be a creative artist – no matter what their artistic skill level.
The Looking for Lincoln Geocache event will operate both Saturday and Sunday. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. There will be four new caches on some of the Looking for Lincoln sites. Some will contain treasures, while some are so small that will only contain the log sheet. Make sure to bring a writing utensil when you go out to look for these. There is a free geocaching app that people can download to their iPhone or android smart phone. To find the specific coordinates, participants should visit http://www.geocaching.com, enter Pontiac’s zip code in the box, and look for caches labeled “LFL.” The rules of geocaching are also available at the website.
Pontiac P.R.O.U.D., the local main street organization, will sponsor Carnival Days from May 1st through May 4th. A&A Productions will be providing rides, games, carnival food, and fun for all ages. The Carnival will be open on Thursday from 6 PM to 10 PM, Friday 4 PM to 11 PM, Saturday from Noon to 11 PM and Sunday, from Noon to 6 PM. Wristbands will be available on site. The carnival will be set up along Water Street, near downtown.
Along with the Touch-A-Truck event, the Trunkn’ Treasure Sale, Jolly Trolley Rides, and the free musical revue presented by Vermillion Players on Saturday night, two of Pontiac’s historic homes will be open on Saturday. The Catherine V. Yost House Museum will be open from 1 PM to 3 PM. The Yost house was built in the late 1800s and is operated by the Livingston County Historical Society. It is located at 298 West Water Street. The Jones House, Pontiac’s oldest remaining brick home was built in 1857 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Jones House will be open for tours from 1 PM to 3 PM on Saturday. Docents will be available at both homes to help visitors interpret the history behind the houses.
For more information on the Red Carpet Corridor Festival, contact Ellie Alexander, Director of Pontiac Tourism at (815) 844-5847.