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Needles, CA: Kids making gifts with love during the Needles Recreation Center’s Santa’s Workshop 2017.

Needles, CA: Kids making gifts with love during the Needles Recreation Center’s Santa’s Workshop 2017.

The Needles Recreation Center held their Santa’s Workshop 2017 on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 in Needles, California.



Kids enjoyed making gifts for their parents with the help of Santa’s elves, staff and volunteers at the Needles Recreation Center.

A total of 40 kids got to get their picture taken and make 4 gifts to be given out to their family.


Afterwards, the kids got to enjoy hot chocolate with marshmallows in a candy cane with a plate of delicious cookies and cupcakes.

As their parents came to pick them up, the kids thanked Jennifer Valenzuela and the wonderful staff and volunteers at the Needles Recreation Center.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Fort Mohave, AZ: Shop With A First Responder 2017.

Fort Mohave, AZ: Shop With A First Responder 2017.

Kids teamed up with first responder for the Shop With A First Responder 2017 on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at the Walmart store in Fort Mohave, Arizona.


Kids with their families met at Valley View Medical Center in Fort Mohave, Arizona to enjoy muffins and hot chocolate until Santa Claus arrived from the North Pole by helicopter.


After having pictures with Santa Claus, each kid was given a $100 gift card and got to ride in the Fire Trucks, Ambulance, and Sheriff’s vehicles with all the lights and sirens blaring.

A total of 70 kids from all around the Colorado River Tri-State area got to shop with a first responder for gifts for the Christmas and holiday season.

Kids from the Needles, California; Fort Mohave, Arizona; Mohave Valley, Arizona; and Topock, Arizona area were part of the Shop With A First Responder 2017.


First responders participating in the Shop With A First Responder 2017 included deputies and explorers from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station and Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, firefighters from the Mohave Valley Fire Department, Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department, paramedic from Baker Emergency Medical Services and Careflight, and crew from the California’s Bureau of Land Management.

Thank go to Walmart in Fort Mohave, Arizona; the Rotary Club of Fort Mohave, Arizona; Valley View Medical Center in Fort Mohave, Arizona; and all the first responders who participated in the Shop With A First Responder 2017 possible.

** Pictures from the Mohave Valley Fire Department and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station: **

Downtown Needles, CA: Community rejoices for the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017.

Downtown Needles, CA: Community rejoices for the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017.

The holiday season was kicked off with lots of fun and community togetherness during the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 held on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 in Downtown Needles, California.

The Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017, formerly the Ol Santa Nick on Route 66, brought the popular community event back to life from an uncertain future thanks to a team effort by the Desert Communities Federal Credit Union, the Women’s Club of Needles, and the City of Needles.

The new event team brought the popular community event back to what it was years ago, placing the event right on the street of West Broadway so that nobody will missing the event and made sure that the Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting was brought back apart of the event.

ZachNews was broadcasting live on Facebook the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 and gave a walking tour of all of the fun that awaited the community.

Vendors with a variety of different clothes, Christmas theme items, and homemade gifts were set up along West Broadway for a open street market experiences.

People were seen checking out all of the wonderful items being sold as well as buying that last minute Christmas gift for their family or friends.

The California Highway Patrol in Needles, California had their booth set up and were giving out California Highway Patrol lanyard and stickers to the kids.

Next to the California Highway Patrol booth was their patrol vehicle where kids got to go inside and turn on the lights of the patrol vehicle.

On the west side of the Desert Communities Federal Credit Union, kids were seen having fun playing games in the kids game area.

Inside the Desert Communities Federal Credit Union off West Broadway, people were welcomed in to Santa Claus’ Workshop where kids visited with Santa Claus and told him what they want for Christmas.

From tasty chili dogs, chili, and soda to sweet and delicious treats, the Santa Claus’ Workshop had lunch and dessert waiting for you to enjoy.

The Woman’s Club of Needles were selling out many of their sweet and delicious treats during the event, including pies to cookies.

Kids got to do some holiday theme arts and crafting during the event with the help of Santa’s elves.

Parents and guardians were seen lined up to sign up their children for new toys for the holiday season during the Needles’ Spark of Love Toy Drive 2017’s One Day Registration.

The children also got to find the right gift for their parents and guardians in a Santa’s kid shop where kids can buy gifts for under a dollar and have their gifts wrapped for them with the help of Santa’s elves.

As part of the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 event, the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby was held along West Broadway put on by the Needles Recreation Center.

ZachNews was broadcasting live on Facebook all of the joy and racing fun the kids and the community were having during the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby.

The winners of the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby were announced to the community and broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

Later, the community gather for a wonderful performance by the Needles Recreation Center’s Dance Trax 51 along West Broadway.

ZachNews was broadcasting live on Facebook the performance by the Needles Recreation Center’s Dance Trax 51.

The kids preformed in front of the community a variety of songs and dances that warmed the crowd up with lots of love and joy.

As the evening progress, preparations were underway to set up ornaments and lights for the Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

ZachNews and Drew’s News teamed up to broadcast live the Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The Memorial Christmas Tree were decorated with ornaments from the community, including an ornament City of Needles Mayer Edward T. Paget placed on the Memorial Christmas Tree remembering the victims of the September 11 terror attack.

The lights on the Memorial Christmas Tree were set by volunteers, including Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson who were seen checking and rechecking the lights and replacing lights on the Memorial Christmas Tree.

People enjoyed the decorated Memorial Christmas Tree, which is located near the intersection of West Broadway and G Street and will be lighted up through the Christmas and holiday season.

Anybody can place an ornament on the Memorial Christmas Tree, but please make sure that your ornament is fasten tight on the branch so that the winds don’t blow your ornament away.

After the Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, people began purchasing delicious hot chocolate being sold by wonderful kids with the California School Employees Association and lined along West Broadway for the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017’s Lighted Parade.

ZachNews and Drew’s News teamed up to broadcast live the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017’s Lighted Parade.

People enjoyed the wonderful and beautify decorated floats and participates who came out for the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017’s Lighted Parade.

ZachNews has the winners of the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017’s Lighted Parade that was held on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 in Downtown Needles, California.

**** Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017’s Lighted Parade Winners: ****

** Best Float: **

#10:

A&G Towing and Storage, Inc.

Serving the Colorado River Tri-Statea area

(Including in Bullhead City, Arizona and Needles, California)

** Best Decorated Vehicle: **

#13:

Needles Regional Museum

Downtown Needles, California

** Best Group: **

#18:

Havasu 95 Speedway and Havasu Wiring Outlaw Karts

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Overall, the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 was well attended and well enjoyed, people glad that the event is back along West Broadway like in the pass, enjoyed the different activities and entertainment including the Route 66 Pee Wee Derby and Needles Recreation Center’s Dance Trax 51, and the return of the Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

What’s next for the organizers of the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 is to find out what went right or wrong during the event, what changes or improvements are needed, and suggestions on how to make next year’s event even bigger.

** Great work to everybody involved with the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 and thanks to everybody who answered the call for more participates for the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017’s Lighted Parade. **

** Pictures and Videos from ZachNews: **

Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 will be on Saturday.

Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 will be on Saturday.

The Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 will be held on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 in Downtown Needles, California.

There will be entertainment, shopping vendors, food vendors serving hot dogs, chili dogs and baked potatoes with trimmings, games, crafts, a Christmas Tree lighting, and a lighted parade during this free and open to the public event.

** Event Schedule: Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017: **

  • From 10:00am to 3:30pm PT: Santa Claus’ Workshop:

There will be a Santa Claus’ Workshop inside the Desert Communities Federal Credit Union, located at 1001 West Broadway, where families can visit with Santa Claus, purchase bake goods from the bake goods sale, have the kids enjoy making holiday theme crafts, and sign up for the Needles Spark of Love Toy Drive.

The Needles’ Spark of Love Toy Drive 2017 will be having a One Day Registration from 10:00am to 2:00pm PT on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 inside the Desert Community Federal Credit Union, located at 1001 West Broadway near G Street, in Downtown Needles, California.

Parents and guardians can sign up children for new toys for the holiday season.

Parents and guardians must bring picture identification, proof of residency, and the child that will be recipients.

The Needles’ Spark of Love Toy Drive 2017 is presented by the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the Women’s Club of Needles, Desert Community Federal Credit Union, Needles Recreation Department, and Needles Community Partners.

There will also be performances by Dance Trax 51 and the Needles Senior Line Dancers during the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 event.

  • At 1:00pm PT: 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby:

The 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby will be held in the west side parking lot area of the Desert Communities Federal Credit Union.

The entry fee for the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby is $20.00 and includes 1 build your own Pinewood Derby Car kit (includes paintbrushes, glue, stickers, and instructions) and a goody bag.

There will be 3 division races for racers to join; 4 years old to 6 years old, 7 years old to 9 years old, and 10 years old to 12 years old.

Medals will be awarded to 1st Place and 2nd Place in each of the division races, and all racers will receive a participation ribbon.

Only derby cars that were supplied by the Needles Recreation Center with your paid entry fee will be allowed to race in the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby.

Inspections of all derby cars will start before the races starting at 12:30pm PT.

All racing contestants between 4 years old and 12 years old must pre-register at the Needles Recreation Center, located at 1705 J Street, in Needles, California prior to the racing event.

  • At 4:00pm PT: Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony:

The Lightning of the Memorial Christmas Tree returns to the event and will happen on the corner of West Broadway and G Street.

City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. will be kicking off the Lightning of the Memorial Christmas Tree Ceremony.

Trimming of the Memorial Christmas Tree is to be conducted on Friday, December 1st, 2017.

Residents can bring memorial ornaments and such to be added at that time, or bring them to the Lightning of the Memorial Christmas Tree.

  • At 5:00pm PT: Lighted Parade:

The Lighted Parade will be held along West Broadway with decorated floats, marching bands, and Santa Claus.

Streets along the Lighted Parade will be closed before 5:00pm PT.

** Vendors Signing Ups: **

Vendors can signing up for spots during the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017.

Vendors will be limited to one of a kind and will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

Vendor’s fees cost is $25.00 for the day or $35.00 with electricity.

** Lighted Parade Signing Ups: **

There are still lots of spaces left to be in the Lighted Parade and entries will be judge in 3 categories: best floats, best decorated vehicles, and best group will be awarded for their use of lights and best display of theme.

Entries are due by 4:00pm PT on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017.

Those wanting to participate in the Lighted Parade should obtain entry forms from Mary Gonzales at the Colorado River Medical Center, located at 1401 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California, and return them to Mary Gonzales by either fax at: 1 (760) 459-2210 or send a request by email to: mgonzales@crmccares.com

No matter how big or small your entry is, just be part of the community fun of the Lighted Parade.

** More Information Contacts: **

For more information regarding the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017, including vendors sign up information, please contact Tena McGee at the Women’s Club of Needles at: 1 (760) 985-4050.

For more information regarding the Needles’ Spark of Love Toy Drive 2017, please text only the Holiday Hot Line at: 1 (760) 985-4050.

For more information regarding the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby, please contact Jennifer Valenzuela at the Needles Recreation Center at: 1 (760) 326-2814.

For more information regarding the Lighted Parade, please contact Mary Gonzales at: 1 (760) 326-7151 during Monday through Fridays business hours from 9:00am to 4:00pm PT.

**** Live Broadcast: ****

ZachNews on Facebook along with the our friend at the Drew’s News Channel on YouTube will be teaming up to broadcast live all the fun of the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017.

  • ZachNews on Facebook:

 

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews/

  • Drew’s News Channel on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkckifOFYGi-c5PFmIhb6Zg

** Flyer Picture from the City of Needles: **

Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017.

Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017.

The Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 will be held on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 in Downtown Needles, California.

There will be entertainment, shopping vendors, food vendors serving hot dogs, chili dogs and baked potatoes with trimmings, games, crafts, a Christmas Tree lighting, and a lighted parade during this free and open to the public event.

** Event Schedule: Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017: **

  • From 10:00am to 3:30pm PT: Santa Claus’ Workshop:

There will be a Santa Claus’ Workshop inside the Desert Communities Federal Credit Union, located at 1001 West Broadway, where families can visit with Santa Claus.

You can also sign up for the Spark of Love Toy Drive, purchase bake goods from the bake goods sale, and kids can enjoy making holiday theme crafts.

There will also be performances by Dance Trax 51 and the Needles Senior Line Dancers during the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 event.

  • At 1:00pm PT: 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby:

The 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby will be held in the west side parking lot area of the Desert Communities Federal Credit Union.

The entry fee for the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby is $20.00 and includes 1 build your own Pinewood Derby Car kit (includes paintbrushes, glue, stickers, and instructions) and a goody bag.

There will be 3 division races for racers to join; 4 years old to 6 years old, 7 years old to 9 years old, and 10 years old to 12 years old.

Medals will be awarded to 1st Place and 2nd Place in each of the division races, and all racers will receive a participation ribbon.

Only derby cars that were supplied by the Needles Recreation Center with your paid entry fee will be allowed to race in the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby.

Inspections of all derby cars will start before the races starting at 12:30pm PT.

All racing contestants between 4 years old and 12 years old must pre-register at the Needles Recreation Center, located at 1705 J Street, in Needles, California prior to the racing event.

  • At 4:00pm PT: Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting:

The Lightning of the Memorial Christmas Tree returns to the event and will happen on the corner of West Broadway and G Street.

City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. will be kicking off the Lightning of the Memorial Christmas Tree ceremony.

Trimming of the Memorial Christmas Tree is to be conducted on Friday, December 1st, 2017.

Residents can bring memorial ornaments and such to be added at that time, or bring them to the Lightning of the Memorial Christmas Tree.

  • At 5:00pm PT: Lighted Parade:

The Lighted Parade will be held along West Broadway with decorated floats, marching bands, and Santa Claus.

Streets along the Lighted Parade will be closed before 5:00pm PT.

** Vendors Signing Ups: **

Vendors can signing up for spots during the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017.

Vendors will be limited to one of a kind and will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

Vendor’s fees cost is $25.00 for the day or $35.00 with electricity.

** Lighted Parade Signing Ups: **

Sign up to be in the Lighted Parade and be part of the community celebration.

Lighted Parade entries will be judge in 3 categories: best floats, best decorated vehicles, and best group will be awarded for their use of lights and best display of theme.

Entries are due by 4:00pm PT on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017.

Those wanting to participate in the Lighted Parade should obtain entry forms from Mary Gonzales at the Colorado River Medical Center, located at 1401 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California, and return them to Mary Gonzales by either fax at: 1 (760) 459-2210 or send a request by email to: mgonzales@crmccares.com

No matter how big or small your entry is, just be part of the community fun of the Lighted Parade.

 

** More Information Contacts: **

For more information regarding the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017, including vendors sign up information, please contact Tena McGee at the Women’s Club of Needles at: 1 (760) 985-4050.

For more information regarding the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby, please contact Jennifer Valenzuela at the Needles Recreation Center at: 1 (760) 326-2814.

For more information regarding the Lighted Parade, please contact Mary Gonzales at: 1 (760) 326-7151 during Monday through Fridays business hours from 9:00am to 4:00pm PT.

** Live Broadcast: **

ZachNews on Facebook will be broadcasting live the performances by Dance Trax 51 and the Needles Senior Line Dancers as well as the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby, the Lightning of the Memorial Christmas Tree, and the Lighted Parade.

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews/

** Flyer Picture from the City of Needles: **

Colorado River Tri-State: Communities showed their patriotism for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 as they honor veterans and preserve military history.

Colorado River Tri-State: Communities showed their patriotism for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 as they honor veterans and preserve military history.

Communities in the Colorado River Tri-State area showed their patriotism for the United States of America as the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 honored veterans and preserve military history in a convoy along historic Route 66 on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) is conducting a Route 66 Convoy 2017 from Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 to Santa Monica, California on Saturday, October 14th, 2017.

As part of their journey along historic Route 66, the convoy was going to make a stop in Needles, California were a community was planning a welcoming event for their arrival.

The convoy began their journey to Needles, California leaving their rest stop in Kingman, Arizona at around 8:00am MST on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

The convoy drove westbound along historic Route 66 heading up the Black Mountains into the town of Oatman, Arizona then going down the Black Mountains into the community of Topock, Arizona where they made a stop at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6306 where they hosted a reception for the convoy and for the community.

** Pictures from Loree Gaskill: **

These pictures sent into ZachNews by Loree Gaskill show their arrival at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6306.

After meeting with the great people of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6306, the convoy started off towards Needles, California.

The convoy drove across the Colorado River along westbound Interstate 40, then got back onto historic Route 66 into Needles, California.

** Drone Video from Richard Hazlewood for ZachNews: **

ZachNews was able to get an aerial of convoy along East Broadway thanks to a drone that was operated by Richard Hazlewood from Needles, California.

** Drone Video Pictures from Richard Hazlewood for ZachNews: **

These aerial pictures captured in the drone video shows the convoy driving along East Broadway near Goodwill Street in Needles, California.

** Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

At around 12:43pm PT, the convoy arrived into Downtown Needles, California.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez captured on camera the convoy arrival into their rest stop for that day and for the welcoming event waiting for the group.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

The convoy drove west along West Broadway and entered a dirt lot next to the Needles Chamber of Commerce in Downtown Needles, California.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

After arriving, the group were treated to a delicious lunch thanks to Golden Valley Cable and Communications Inc. and was welcomed on a tour of the historic El Garces Train Depot.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

After lunch, a welcome ceremony was held kicked off at Santa Fe Park.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broadcast live on Facebook the welcome ceremony welcoming the Route 66 Convoy 2017 group to their community.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

The welcome ceremony began with music and the playing of the national anthem preformed by the Fort Mojave Tribal Band.

Proclamations were then handed out by both City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget and San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood to Dan McCluskey, Convoy Commander for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Dan McCluskey thanked the community for welcoming them into their community and for the great lunch, and presented to City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget a licence plate that read, “Needles, AZ — Our Host City”.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Doran A. Sanchez from the Bureau of Land Management welcomed the convoy to California and thanked everybody, including the City of Needles Mayor and City Council as well as Pam from the Needles Chamber of Commerce and Janet from the Needles Downtown Business Alliance for putting this event on.

Dan McCluskey was presented with a gift, a Historic California Route 66 Needles sign, from the California Historic Route 66 Association.

** Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

After the welcoming ceremony, Zachary Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez talked with Dan McCluskey, Convoy Commander for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017, about the group and the convoy’s journey along historic Route 66.

Established in 1976, the non-profit Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) has over 6,000 members worldwide and is dedicated to providing an international organization for military vehicle enthusiasts, historians, preservationists and collectors interested in the acquisition, restoration, preservation, safe operation and public education of historic military transport.

ZachNews asked Dan McCluskey what has been the experiences been like on their convoy journey along historic Route 66?

It’s been amazing. One of the things is, we’re not following the interstates, we’re following the original routes that went through the middle of all of these small towns that are slowly being bypassed by the interstate, and we’re getting these towns that have 1500 people in it and we’ll get 2,000-3,000 people empty into the town. We had schools we had passed; all of the students are out along their fence, they’re sitting along the curb waving flags, we had one school – it was elementary all the way to high school – the whole school was out along the road waving flags that they made by hand. It was just amazing and it brings tears to your eyes to see this patriotism we have; honoring the veterans, honoring the military, which is what we are doing on this convoy,” said Dan McCluskey.

ZacHnews asked Dan McCluskey if there were people in the convoy who have served in the military?

About 70 percent of the people on the convoy – owners of these vehicles – are veterans and then we have that small number that are just collectors, and they’re here to preserver and protect this amazing amount of history here that we have,” said Dan McCluskey.

Dan McCluskey said that the vehicles are, “all privately own” and that, “we pay all of our expenses – all the way across the U.S., and it’s all about preserving the history.”

ZachNews asked Dan McCluskey how was the drive over from Kingman, Arizona to Needles, California?

It was incredibly beautiful drive going out of Kingman and up to Oatman, we even brought our heavies through the Oatman highway, and we actually had no problems with them,” said Dan McCluskey.

Dan McCluskey then talked to ZachNews about their stops in Oatman, Arizona and Topock, Arizona on their way towards Needles, California.

We had a morning break in Oatman – we spent a hour and a haft there and then we came down the hill, and the day before we have been invited by the V.F.W. hall in Topock to stop and we did, We stopped there for a haft hour confer break to meet the veterans there, to shake their hands, to have them tell us their stories; we had our veterans who are on the convoy, they’re telling stories to them, and it was an amazing route that we just did here today and then crossing the Colorado River to come into Needles,” said Dan McCluskey.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Some of the military vehicles remained parked on display after the welcoming ceremony for the community to view well the other military vehicles drove around the community checking out Needles, California.

As evening fell, some of the people in the convoy camped out in the dirt lot next to the Needles Chamber of Commerce and enjoyed free WiFi during their stay thanks to Golden Valley Cable and Communications Inc.

The rest of the people in the convoy decided to either camp at the Needles K.O.A. Campground off National Old Trails Road (Route 66) or stay at the Rio Del Sol Inn off Pashard Street in Needles, California.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

As morning rose, Route 66 Convoy 2017 group said a goodbye to Needles, California and began their journey west at 7:00am PT on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broadcast live on Facebook the convoy left along Needles Highway then headed westbound on Interstate 40 towards their next stop for an event at the Marine Corps Logistics Base (M.C.L.B.) in Barstow, California.

These pictures from the Marine Corps Logistics Base (M.C.L.B.) – Barstow on Facebook shows the convoy stopped for an event at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow, California.

ZachNews has learn that the convoy arrived at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 ending the historic Route 66 convoy journey.

The convoy is currently resting historic Route 66 convoy journey at Fort MacArthur Historic Park in San Pedro, California after taking a short journey south along Pacific Coast Highway 1 in the South Bay portion of Los Angeles, California.

** For more information about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association and the Route 66 Convoy 2017, please go to the following Military Vehicle Preservation Association website address: **

  • Website:

http://www.mvpa.org/

** More information about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 can also been found at the following Military Vehicle Preservation Association social media website addressees: **

  • Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MVPAConvoy

  • Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MilitaryVehicle

**** ZachNews would like to say congratulations to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 for arriving safely to your final destination and thanks to everybody with the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 for coming to Needles, California and thanks to all of the veterans for their service in our military and all they did for us and our country. ****

** ZachNews would like to say great work to everybody who worked on the welcoming event for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 to Needles, California. **

** Picture Above from Richard Hazlewood for ZachNews: **

Needles, CA: Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 on Tuesday.

Needles, CA: Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 on Tuesday.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) is conducting a Route 66 Convoy 2017 from Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 to Santa Monica, California on Saturday, October 14th, 2017.

Over 100 historic military vehicles are participating in the retracing the original 1926 Route 66.

As part of the journey along historic Route 66, the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 will driving into Needles, California on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

ZachNews has just learn the official schedule from the official organizers of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will leave Kingman, Arizona at around 8:00am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in Oatman, Arizona between 9:30am and 10:30am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in the Golden Shores, Arizona and Topock, Arizona area at 11:30am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be stopping to met with a veterans group in Golden Shores, Arizona for a few minutes then continue on their journey.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in Needles, California at 12:00pm PT.

Despite what is being reported elsewhere, the Route 66 Convoy 2017 is not arriving to Needles, California at 2:30pm or 3:30pm PT.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be driving along southbound along Route 66 (Oatman-Topock Highway), westbound along Interstate 40, southbound and westbound along Five Mile Road, northbound along U.S. Highway 95, northbound along East Broadway, and westbound along West Broadway towards our camp site.

Official organizers of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 are also telling ZachNews that there will be drones flying over the Route 66 Convoy 2017, including in the area of Interstate 40 at the Colorado River, Interstate 40 at Five Mile Road, and along East Broadway near the Carty’s Camp location.

ZachNews will be having at drone flying over East Broadway near Goodwill Street to capture the Route 66 Convoy 2017 passing by that location.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will enter the dirt parking lot located along the 1000 block of West Broadway near Santa Fe Park where a welcoming event will be held for all of the participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017.

An estimated 62 military vehicles will be stopping at the welcoming event at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California.

Most of the historic military vehicles and participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be parked in the dirt parking lot overnight well some of the military vehicles and participates will be staying at hotels along Needles Highway, including the Rio Del Soul hotel.

The welcoming event at Santa Fe Park, located on the 900 block of Front Street near G Street, in Downtown Needles, California will include a proclamation by the City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget and San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor Robert Lovingood as well as the Veterans of Foreign (V.F.W.) Post 404 from Mohave Valley, Arizona and the Fort Mojave Tribal Band will also be participating in the welcoming event and there will be free food for all of the participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017.

At 7:00am PT on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, the Route 66 Convoy 2017 will leave Needles, California heading west along Route 66, passing Amboy, California and Newberry Springs, California, stopping at their next pit stop along Route 66 in Barstow, California.

According to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) website, World War II caused a marked decline in civilian and tourist traffic, but it stimulated new business along U.S. 66, when it acted as a military transport corridor moving troops and supplies from one military reservation to another. Motels saw an increase in occupancy, as families of servicemen stationed at military bases stayed for long stretches. But more significantly, Route 66 facilitated perhaps the single greatest Wartime mobilization, as thousands of jobseekers headed to California, Oregon and Washington to work in defense plants.

Route 66 had its official beginnings in 1926 when the Bureau of Public Roads launched the nation’s first Federal highway system. Like other highways in the system, the path of Route 66 was a cobbling together of existing local, State and National roads. The highway quickly became a popular route because of the active promotion of the U.S. 66 Highway Association, which advertised it as the shortest, best and most scenic route from Chicago through St. Louis to Los Angeles.

The original 1926 route began in Chicago, Illinois traveling through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending in Santa Monica, California covering a total of 2,448 miles. Route 66 is remembered by a popular song “Get Your Kicks on Route 66″ recorded in 1946.

** More information about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 can be found at the following website address and social media websites: **

  • Website:

http://www.mvpa.org/

  • Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MVPAConvoy

  • Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MilitaryVehicle

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