MENDOTA – The Annual Railroad Crossing & Country Fair Day will be held on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both sides of Eighth Street on the grounds of Union Depot Railroad Museum and the Breaking the Prairie Museum. The Mendota Museum & Historical Society is planning a fun day with displays and activities for all ages.
Tours include two museums and vintage rail cars including the Milwaukee Combine Car, the IL Central Bulk Mail & Express Car, the Golden Trencher Dining car, the 4978 Steam Locomotive and the CB&Q Caboose. The volunteers work hard to keep the rail cars and museum in great shape. Remember to visit the agricultural artifacts and reminisce the days of long ago while viewing the Phaeton horse-drawn buggy or the 100-hundred-year-old horse-drawn sleigh.
Special demonstrations this year will include vintage corn-shelling and rope-making. The Old West Register Cowboys will be joining in for the day, so always be on guard in case a train robbery happens.
Children can ride the rails on a vintage Speeder Car and/or the new “Union Depot Express” barrel street train. Stroll the event while listening to Bluegrass music by NIBA members or playing outdoor games from an earlier time.
Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with proceeds going to the Historical Society. BPW group will serve delicious homemade desserts in the Dining Car. The winning 50/50 raffle ticket will be drawn at 3:30 p.m.