After a 1-year Hiatus, the 12th Manassas Heritage Railway Festival is back on the calendar (3rd down). It's a day of fun for the entire family, centered around the universal attraction to trains.
My family will have a booth at this year's event, displaying a model railroad built entirely of Lego Bricks. The official Washington Metropolitan Area Lego Users Group - Lego Train Club group will have a much larger Lego layout. (Yes, there really is a WamaLUG organization, and a WamaLTC group -- in fact, adult lego fans are a vibrant part of the Lego community).
There will also be many other Railroad groups displaying layouts of various shapes and sizes, from Garden-size outdoor railroads to tiny z-gauge lines.
The show is about trains, but a political candidate could interact with an entirely different group of voters at an event like this.
The show was cancelled last year because the previous two years it rained out, costing thousands of dollars.
A small show was held in its place over at the Manassas Boys and Girls club (a great place to go, btw).
Information should appear on the Manassas City web site. I'm expecting there will be cut-rate train trips on VRE, there have been in the past. And of course there is plenty of food, and people selling train-related items.
UPDATE: From the Manassas City Web Site:
12th Manassas Heritage Railway Festival
June 3, 2006
Historic Old Town Manassas
10:00 am until 5:00 pm
FREE to the public
The Manassas Heritage Railway Festival is a celebration of the rich railway history that Manassas has to offer. Manassas Junction was the site of both the 1st and 2nd Battles of Manassas during the Civil War and of the nation’s first military railroad.
Festival activities include the following:
· VRE Excursion Rides
· Model Rail Displays
· Train Memorabilia
· Antique Toy Train Display
· Civil War Re-enactors
· Budweiser, Draft Team Horses
· Telegraphy & Signal Flag Demonstrations
· Animal Nursery
· Dairy Demonstrations
· Victorian Street
· Manassas Community Culture Area
· Children’s Rides
· Kids Kaboose, Peek-A-Boo-Choo-Choo
· Live Music, Food, and Railroad Entertainment
FREE to the public. Train Rides $5, advanced tickets available on Monday May 1, 2006 at the Train Depot in Manassas, 703-361-6599.