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Nevada County Picayune-Times - Prescott, AR
  • 'Train Day' offers family fun

  • The second annual 'Train Day' on Saturday in downtown Hope will feature food, fun and music celebrating Hope's historic railroad connection.
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  • The second annual 'Train Day' on Saturday in downtown Hope will feature food, fun and music celebrating Hope's historic railroad connection.
    Activities begin at 10 a.m. with musical performances on the Hope Visitor and Information Center stage, which is the former 1911 Missouri-Pacific Railroad Depot at the end of Main Street downtown.
    The musical line-up for the day begins with the Hope High School Jazz Cats, followed at 11 a.m. by the bluegrass sounds of the Hartley Family of Arkadelphia.
    Dave Almond performs at noon and the Red Dirt Renegades take the stage at 1 p.m.
    A tailgating competition, sponsored by the Hope Civitan Club, kicks off with set up at 8 a.m.
    Mark Keith, Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce executive director, said $1,500 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners.
    First prize is $1,000, with second place winning $300 and the third place team wins $200, Keith said.
    No entry fee is required, but each team must prepare 30 hot dogs to be distributed to the public along with buns and condiments, he said.
    Tailgating teams will be judged on a food entry of their choice to be presented to the judges on one plate that day at noon. There's no limit on team members. There will be no water or electricity available to the teams.
    Tear down begins at 2 p. m., and applications are available from any Civitan member or can be printed off at hopemelonfest.com online.
    Other activities include an antique car show and downtown merchants will have special events and sidewalk sales. The Hope and Washington Farmers Markets will have a special Farmers Market that day in the parking lot at Division and Walnut streets.
    There will be free kiddie train rides, a caricature artist, various kids' activities, special train displays for the kids to decorate, and the Hope Junior Auxiliary will offer face painting. There will also be a limited amount of vendors in the downtown area.
    Page 2 of 2 - Train Day is sponsored by the Arkansas Great Southwest Regional Tourism Association. The event celebrates Hope's long association with trains, from its founding in 1875 as a stop on the Cairo-Fulton Railroad Line to its modern association as an official Amtrak stop.
    Train Day activities are free of charge.
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