Train Day Saturday in Toccoa

May 10, 2013

Toccoa will again celebrate National Train Day this weekend.

This year’s National Train Day festivities will take place Saturday in downtown Toccoa at the historic train depot.

Toccoa Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said everything will get started when the Amtrak Crescent arrives at its scheduled time of 6:15 a.m.

“We hope a lot of citizens will be there to welcome the train,” said Crosby. “We will have some of our citizens get on the train and travel to Gainesville and hand out information about Toccoa.”

Activities will not end there as the city will also give away a number of prizes after the train arrives. People can enter to win here at WNEG Radio, the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce, or Ionosphere Travel.

Meanwhile, Crosby said a free train-oriented display will also be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Mitchell Allen Meeting Room at the train depot.

“A 24-foot-long modular layout of a train will be there for people to see, as well as a Thomas the Train layout,” said Crosby. “There is something for the kids and the adults.”

Other activities include inflatables for children, face painting, and entertainment.

Meanwhile, Crosby said that the Farmers’ Market will also set up in the train depot parking lot from 7 a.m. to noon.

Joining the Farmers’ Market in the train depot parking lot will be the Sage Market.

Crosby said Saturday will kick off the Sage Market’s fifth year.

“Everything has to be homemade or home-grown,” said Crosby. “There will be homemade soap, honey, crocheted items. We are really excited.”

Crosby did say that if it rains, the Sage Market and Farmers’ Market will move back to their normal location at the Market building on Broad Street. All other activities will continue on rain or shine.

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