Amory Railroad Festival: A Spring Tradition

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

AMORY – The 33rd Amory Railroad Festival will be true to its name.
That’s according to Bo Miller, 2011 festival chairman.
“In the past, maybe it got away from being a railroad festival,” Miller said. “We wanted to put more railroad back into the Railroad Festival.”
BNSF, a festival sponsor, will have a train on site for the event, and there will be a BNSF train safety demonstration.
“We’re excited about having them,” Miller said.
Festival organizers also purchased a trackless train for the kids to enjoy.
“That is the coolest thing,” Miller said. “I saw one in Birmingham before Christmas. I knew we needed to have one for the festival.”
It’ll be carrying passengers on a two-block route through town.
In addition, hobos and railroads naturally go together.
“The hobos will be here. I don’t know how many are coming or exactly when they’re going to be here. They’re not easy to keep track of,” Miller said. “According to rumors, we’ll have the King and Queen of the Hobos here.”
The festival will be Wednesday to Sunday, April 10. Events will include a Hobo Parade on Thursday, arts and crafts, a carnival midway, a food court, a 5K run and a car show.
A variety of musicians will perform on the Frisco Park stage. The headliners will be Jamie Davis and Soul Gravy on Thursday, Homemade Jamz on Friday and The Gents on Saturday.
You’ll find a complete list of entertainment and activities at www.amoryrailroadfestival.com, or call (662) 256-2761.
“It seems like every year it gets bigger and bigger and bigger, and better, too. We hope it’s better,” Miller said. “Hopefully, the weather will cooperate, and it’s going to be a good time to be outside to enjoy the sights and sounds in Amory.”

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@journalinc.com.