Mendota to celebrate its railroad heritage

Day of fun activities set for June 16

MENDOTA – Railroad Crossing & Country Fair Day will be held on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Union Depot Railroad Museum and the Breaking Prairie Museum. The Mendota Museum & Historical Society is planning a fun day with displays and activities for all ages.

Tours will be given of the vintage rail cars, including the Milwaukee Combine Car, the IC Mail Storage Car, the Golden Trencher Café Car, the 4978 Steam Engine and the CB&Q Caboose.

Many hours have been spent rebuilding, polishing, and electrifying the vintage brass lights that are now hung in the 1938 Milwaukee Combine Car. More finishing touches have been made on the Golden Trencher Café Car, as well, where desserts will be served during the event. And an appearance by the Old West Register Cowboys just might result in a train robbery!

Both museums will be open to tour throughout the event day.

Check out the antique tractors, antique small engines, and blacksmith tools exhibits. And you won’t want to miss the Entertainment of the Past exhibit in the Chapel.

Children will enjoy a ride on the Gandy Dancer, Speeder Cars and Norman Strow’s Street Train. View the display of rail train air horns or vintage clothing, watch traditional crafts being made, and listen to some bluegrass music provided by the Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association.

A cookout will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and beverages will be served. Ice-cold lemon shake-ups will be sold by a local Boy Scouts troop.

The Farmers’ Market will be open from 8 a.m.-noon.

Also, 50/50 raffle tickets will be sold throughout the day with the drawing held at 3:30 p.m.

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