Route 66 by the numbers

QCS Staff

The Best Little Festival on Route 66 hits its stride today with activities ranging from vendor and food booths at Tucumcari’s Convention Center to a rodeo at the fairgrounds. Here’s a quick look at the happenings, by numbers:

• 1 — murals dedicated to the Mother Road painted on the side of Lowe’s
• 5 — years Tucumcari has held its Best Little Festival on Route 66
• 3 — days the Tucumcari celebration lasts (it started Thursday night with a watermelon feed and bluegrass music)
• 150 — estimated number of people who attended the Fandango Dinner Party on Friday night
• 16 — classes of cars in the Rotary Car Show set for today
• 30 — minutes set aside (4-4:30 p.m. today) for the Monster Truck Car Crush at the Convention Center
• 5 — hours for the rodeo tonight (4-9 p.m.). Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students.
• 1,000-plus — people expected to attend Tucumcari festivities this weekend.
• 2,448 — that’s the length in miles of Route 66, which crosses eight states and three time zones
• 2 — lanes on the original Route 66
• 50 — percent of population increase in 1930 in Tucumcari when the road was built
• 9 — neon signs restored in the state along the route by New Mexico Route 66 Association through revitalization projects

Sources include: Tucumcari Chamber of Commerce and locals heading festival events,,