West Nassau Historical Society Railroad Days

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at 9:00AM

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Annual West Nassau Historical Society Railroad Days celebration and parade

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The twelfth annual celebration runs from 9am to 6pm and features a Shriner-led parade, live entertainment, museum displays, antique tractors and machines, arts and crafts, car show, model trains, caboose tours, essay contest, and groups in period costume. New this year is the unveiling of “Our People, Our Roots, Our History” mural to be painted on the north façade of the Train Depot annex. The 24’x7’ painting is the result of a yearlong project involving the Nassau County Record and West Nassau High School art teacher April Eason and her students. Being Earth Day, the group will also celebrate the fabled "Hobo" and their green-friendly Recycle and ReUse skills with the Nassau County Record holding a related Hobo essay contest for students. The all volunteer nonprofit will also pay homage to the 150th anniversary of naturalist and Sierra Club founder John Muir’s walk through Nassau County along the old Florida Railroad.  The kids' area is open from 10am to 4pm and includes jumpy houses, games, and a photo booth. The arts/crafts and food vendors are open from 9am to 5pm along the adjoining historic rail bed. Local  and regional entertainment will perform on the main depot stage nonstop from 10am to 6pm with various citizens, sponsors, and contest winners honored at 1pm. The 12th annual Shriner-led Railroad Day parade starts at 11am and will make its way south on US 1 through downtown Callahan. The parade will include Forestry trucks and fire engines driven by firefighters who helped saved our county from the recent devastating wildfires. Callahan Cruisers and Cochrane's Collision Center join forces next door to the depot to host a classic car show from 12noon to 3pm. Antique engines, tractors, and trains will be exhibited outside the depot while model train layouts will be on display inside the Depot Annex. Deadline to enter the parade, car show, or arts/craft vendor area is Friday, April 14.  This is an outdoor event so please bring your lawn chairs. 

April 22, 9am to 6pm