Get ready to sit back, relax and enjoy the sweet sounds of legendary railroad tunes during the fifth annual “Singing Rails” railroad music festival at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park on Saturday, June 7.
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The family-friendly event will take place outdoors on the sprawling Roundhouse lawn starting with an entertaining music contest at noon. Contestants will compete in two categories — vocal and instrumental — and will be judged by a panel of three.
Each contestant will perform two songs, one of which must be train-related. Awards will be announced at 5 p.m. when cash prizes of $100 will be awarded to the top contestant in each category. The contest entry fee is $15 and includes a ticket to the evening event and a train ride. Interested contestants are encouraged to pre-register online at railtown1897.org and limited space is available to participate.
At 5 p.m., interested park visitors can compete in a free — and always amusing — competition for the best vocally-generated train sound.
Free to participate and no advance registration required, a special “Boxcar Willie Award” and $50 prize will be awarded to the winner based on audience response.
After the spirited contest, the live music really kicks into high gear when The Wailin’ Woodys perform live, featuring the music of Woody Guthrie, from 6-8 p.m.
Tickets to the music festival cost $5 per person or are free to same-day train ride ticket holders. Train ride tickets cost $15 for adults, $8 for youths ages 6 to 17 and are free for children ages 5 and under.
While refreshments and food will be available for purchase at the “Singing Rails” event, guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic items. Advance train ride and “Singing Rails” tickets are available now online at railtown1897.org and more information about the event or Railtown 1897 SHP is available by calling 209-984-3953.
The Park is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Reservoir Road in Jamestown. Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is open daily 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.