Even rain can’t stop Rockin’ Railroad Festival

by Joe B. Coates, publisher

Saturday’s rain was really the first battle with inclement weather that the organizers of the Rockin’ Railroad Festival have faced in the event’s four years.  Though the steady precipitation began around mid-day, the falling water affected the Classic Car Show, arts and craft vendors and the Kid Zone portions of the festival, causing them to be shut down around 1:30–which was two-and-one-half hours earlier than normal.
The show went on, however, as the Chamber board members who helped plan the event decided that the entertainment, student art contest and arts and books would continue.  Those that attended the festival covered themselves in any and every way possible to enjoy the remainder of the day.  We’ve heard mostly good feedback from many who planned and from several who attended.  The call to continue was a good one.
The trail run at Hood Scout Reservation was a great success story, too, as over 100 runners participated.  Look for it to become a permanent fixture to RRF.
The entertainers all put on great shows, and headliner Bobby Rush had a good crowd of around 200 enjoying his show in the rain that evening.
So, the Chamber, which presents the event annually–and more specifically, those directly involved with planning and organizing– passed this test with flying colors.

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