Saturday, June 8, will be an action-packed day for the whole family at Dunsmuir’s 72nd annual Railroad Days celebration. Events will start at 8 a.m. with the Third Annual River Run along the Sacramento River. Shortly after that kids and adults will coast down Dunsmuir’s main street in soap box derby races.
Mount Shasta radio station Z100 will provide live coverage of the derby and a noon parade that includes rodeo horses, classic cars, Dunsmuir High cheerleaders, and a roller derby team rolling down the main street. Later that day there’ll be a kayak race starting at the City Park.
By 10 a.m., when most of the day’s activities start to kick in, visitors will have to start making choices: Should they watch the Little Engineer contest in the Children’s Park, the soap box derby down the main street, or Taiko Drumming on the main stage next to the train depot? Maybe with some quick shuffling they can make all three.
Kids’ activities, which include a bounce house, ring toss, and craft-making, will go on all day, as will live entertainment that includes bluegrass, blues, and classic rock. There will be railroad art, screenings of Dunsmuir filmmaker Bill McIntyre’s documentary on hoboes, a button raffle, and model train displays at Cedar Street and on Sacramento Ave.
The new Siskiyou Arts Museum will feature poets and writers sharing their work on travel themes.
Crafts and food vendors will be offering their wares next to the railyards.
On Friday there’ll be bands playing railroad music from 1-4 p.m., and a talent show with cash prizes at 5 p.m.
“There’s going to be an awful lot going on this Railroad Days weekend,” said Tim Holt, one of the organizers of the event. “We’ve got fun stuff planned for kids from 5 to 85.”
For more information go to www.dunsmuirrailroaddays.org or call (530) 235-2355.
-from press release