Contestants for the upcoming Miss Route 66 and Miss Summerfest Scholarship Pageant are being sought.

The 26th Annual Summerfest Event will be held on Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11.

The scholarship program awards a $750 scholarship to the winner of the 2020 Miss Route 66 portion of the program and a $500 scholarship to the Miss Summerfest 2020 winner.

To be eligible, young ladies must be 17 – 21 years of age, single, be able to participate in various community events and interested in receiving a college scholarship.

Last year’s Miss Route 66 was Gracie Rogers and Miss Summerfest 2019 was Caitriona Townley.

This annual event began in July 1995, to promote Downtown Rolla and to bring visitors to Rolla. Due to the heat of summer, the event was moved to the first weekend of June each year.

This year, due to COVID-19, the event was moved back to July 10 and July 11. Originally, more of a sporting event with volley ball, soccer, a doubles tennis tournament and 3 on 3 basketball, Summerfest has grown to attract folks from many states with events for the entire family.

Health and safety restrictions, with the guidance of the Phelps County Health Department, will be in place during the entire event.

There will be a free family-oriented movie on Friday night and a free concert on Saturday night.

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. at the St. James Visitor Center with classic cars being on display, followed by a “cruise in” on Route 66 to Rolla to the Downtown Festival Lots and bandshell.

The scholarship pageant contestants will ride in the parade of vintage cars, arriving in Rolla for the 6:30 p.m. pageant. 

There is a required contestant orientation at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23 in the Downtown Bandshell. There is no entry fee or experience required. For more information, an application and a full listing if events, log on to the website at www.route66summerfest.com.