Two years after a fire nearly destroyed the Standin’ on the Corner mural in Winslow, Eagles fans haven’t forsaken this town.
Eagles fans from all over the country will converge upon Winslow, the town made famous by the band’s song “Take It Easy,” for the eighth annual Standin’ on the Corner Festival today and Saturday.
“Yes, there is going to be a festival,” says Greg Hackler, vice president of the Standin’ on the Corner Foundation. “We have been working really hard to make this festival work.”
The lyric “Well I’m astandin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona/and such a fine sight to see:/It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford/slowin’ down to take a look at me,” catapulted Winslow into rock ’n’ roll history. The town, which sank into economic depression after Interstate 40 replaced Route 66 in the 1960s, seized upon the notoriety and built a tourist industry around it.
The main draw is the Standin’ on the Corner Park, which is anchored by two pieces of art: A mural depicting the girl in the flatbed Ford by trompe l’oeil artist John Pugh and a bronze statue by sculptor Ron Adamson of a man in 1970s garb standing on the corner.
Pugh’s mural was nearly destroyed in an Oct. 18, 2004, fire, which gutted the interior of the building the mural is painted on. For safety reasons the park was kept cordoned off by a chain-link fence as the landlord and the city debated who was responsible for cleaning up the mess.
Hackler says the park will be open this weekend, and visitors will be able to pose with the bronze statue for photographs. Hotel California, an Eagles cover band, and Mogollon will perform. There will also be a kids zone featuring games.
Winslow is about 200 miles northeast of the East Valley. Take Interstate 17 north to Interstate 40 east.
Eighth annual Standin’ on the Corner Festival
What: An homage to the Eagles and the song that put Winslow on the map
When: 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. today and 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday
Where: Kinsley and First Street in downtown Winslow
Information: (928) 289-3434 or www.standinonthecorner.com