The Central Railroad Festival will pull into historic downtown Central Saturday, April 22 with music, great food and festivities for all ages.
The Railroad Festival celebrates the rich heritage of Central, so named because the town is situated at the “central” point of the railroad line between Atlanta and Charlotte.
The festival begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m., featuring entertainment, food, music and arts and crafts vendors.
There will be free entertainment for all ages, including oldies, rock, jazz and bluegrass. On the Kids Stage will be clogging, a Karate demonstration and Buffalo Barfield Kids Show. Also open for free tours will be the Central Railway Museum, which features a large HO-scale model railroad layout complete with cities, towns and features found in the region more than a half century ago. The museum also houses a Heritage Room, featuring classic model trains popular in the mid – 20th Century. Also, there will be a tour of the Central red caboose.
Central restaurants will be open on the day of the festival, offering options to satisfy varying tastes. Street vendors will offer festival favorites, including pizza, hot dogs, barbecue, nachos, corn dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, funnel cakes, kettle corn, fried Oreos and many more treats.
Clemson Area Transit buses will run continuously, taking festival-goers from parking areas.
Admission to the festival is free and convenient parking is available.
The Central Railroad Festival is sponsored by the Central Area Business Council and the Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce. The festival is supported by the Town of Central and the Central Railway Museum.
For festival details, call (864) 654-1200 or visit the Central Railroad Festival website at www.centralrrfestival.org.
Come early and support a 5k Race to benefit Central Elementary School’s Keep it Movin’ program, which encourages students to walk or run before school. For details about the Keep it Movin’ 5k race, contact Paige Bowers at Central Elementary at (864) 710-0849.
Be sure also to stick around for Live Music on Main, featuring Soul Ripple and The Wobblers – part of the 2017 Greater Clemson Music Festival. For details about the Greater Clemson Music Festival, go to their website at clemsonmusicfest.org.