Monday, January 2, 2012

Easton, MD: Festival of Trains sets attendance record

You've missed it this year - put it on your calendar today for next year.

From the Star Democrat: Festival of Trains sets attendance record
CHESTER The annual model train show sponsored by the Queen Anne's Museum of Eastern Shore Life had a record turnout this year. The head count for the show's two weekends this year was 4,220, compared to last year's 3,330. The largest single day's attendance, on the second Saturday of the show, was just less than 1,200.

The show is sponsored by the Queen Anne's Railroad Society and the National Capital Trackers, two organizations of model railroad buffs who exhibit their collections in elaborate running displays. The show, now dubbed the Festival of Trains, was held at the former outlets at Kent Narrows. Organizers believe good weather helped contribute to the turnout.

In addition to the train layouts, Santa Claus was on hand for the youngsters.

Raffle tickets were sold for chances to win five model train sets. At the end of the show on Sunday, Dec. 11, five children in attendance were selected to draw the winning tickets. They were Grady Felton of Centreville; Daniel Williams of Queenstown; and Faith Hartlove, Bradley Hartlove and Grace Hartlove of Stevensville.

The winners of the train sets were Joyce Wesolowski of Stevensville, who won a G-Gauge Polar Express; 2-year-old Kevin Flanagan, son of Stephanie Flanagan of Stevensville, who won Funny Train No. 1; Harry Frisch of Philadelphia, who won Funny Train No. 2; Carl Hedges of Annapolis, who won the Santa Fe Express; and Ava Price of Church Hill, who won an O-Gauge Polar Express.

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