‘Railroad Daze’ enjoys busy weekend

Ken Kellar

Another successful “Railroad Daze” weekend is in the books, and organizer Marty Kreger said he’s more than happy with how it turned out.

“It went really great,” he shared with the Times.

“The weather and everything was top notch, everything seemed to run real smooth. We seemed to have more people out, the parade was bigger, we had more floats, more everything.”

Kreger also noted that this year’s attendance for the movie nights in the park-“Pet Sematary” on Thursday and “Dumbo” on Friday-was the highest it’s ever been.

“The park was hopping,” he said.

“Numbers were up across everything.”

On Saturday afternoon following the parade, Hannam Park was the place to be, with a number of inflatable attractions set up, along with train rides, water sports and an explorable military vehicle.

The warm sunny weather also meant there was a lineup at the canteen to buy something to cool off with.

Kreger noted that there was something for everyone at this year’s event.

“It’s funny, everybody that you talked to had something to say about something else,” he said.

“Every time I’d run intosomebody, they’d say, ‘This is the best we’ve ever seen the park, the inflatables were wonderful, the kids just love ’em. Every event, like the car show, everybody just loved it.”

Of particular note, Kreger said the cardboard boat race tends to draw a crowd.

“You should see some of the pretty neat cardboard boats that are out there,” he said.

“The kids use their imagination and it’s amazing some of them float.”

Kreger extended his thanks to everyone who came out for this year’s “Railroad Daze,” and noted that their participation is important to the organizers.

“It’s a huge community event which does raise money for everything like our community centre and public library,” he said.

“If it wasn’t for them or our volunteers, this wouldn’t be the success it is.”