Route 66 Festival to feature dinner show

William Thompson

The Tucumcari Chamber of Commerce and the New Mexico Route 66 Association are bringing a nationally known comic, Ruby Ann Boxcar, to Tucumcari for the Route 66 Festival. The event’s dinner show is set for 7 p.m. July 9 in the Tucumcari Convention Center Ballroom.
Boxcar, a male, portrays a female in his routine.
Virginia Wright of the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce said the festival’s Queen will provide a lot of laughs.
“I’ve heard that Ruby Ann is a hoot,” said Wright. “Johhnie Meyer, the Route 66 Association president, told me that everyone who has seen Ruby Ann perform really enjoyed it.”
Ruby Ann Boxcar is the purported author of several trailer park cookbooks and is known for a brand of Southern trailer park humor. Boxcar is said to be excited about coming to Tucumcari.
“I’m so thrilled to join y’all in the beautiful state of New Mexico,” Boxcar said in a news release.
Wright said this is the first year the chamber has offered entertainment for the dinner show.
“In addition to Ruby Ann, we will also be featuring actor Dave Saunders, also known as “Red Ryder.”
Saunders, who played Red Ryder in TV episodes and movies, will be telling humorous cowboy stories and tales of ranch life.
Wright said Caprock Creek Catering of San Jon will be providing barbecue for the dinner show and many awards will be given to individuals and businesses that have helped further the preservation of Route 66.
Tickets for the event are $15, but Wright said a $20 pass will not only offer discounts at local businesses, it will also lower the cost of admission to the dinner show to $10.
“The $20 pass will also get a person in free to the trail ride event at Trails West Lounge,” said Wright, “and the list of merchants is growing every day. These merchants will be offering discounts to people who buy the $20 pass.
Wright said she expects a limited number of 200 tickets to be sold for the dinner show. Tickets and passes can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce.