All Aboard

This week marks the 31st year that the city has paid tribute to its railroad heritage with the Amory Railroad Festival.
The festival started Wednesday and continues through Sunday.
A petting zoo will be on hand this year and a bungee jump and inflatable jumps will offer the younger set plenty of excitement. The mini-train rides in Frisco Park will also be operational throughout the weekend.
Festivalgoers are reminded that no pets are allowed in any of the festival areas during the event, even on leashes because they pose a danger to the public. The city’s pet ordinance prohibits animals at the festival and will be enforced by the police. This includes all areas where festival events are occurring, including at the carnival, food court and park.
Official festival t-shirts designed by local artist Jill Plunkett will be available beside the information booth.
Free concerts should provide plenty of entertainment each evening beginning Thursday at 5:30 p.m and concluding Sunday at 4:30 p.m. While the main stage in Frisco Park is booked solid each day and night throughout the weekend, a second stage will provide another venue for mostly local rock bands on Main Street and 3rd Street at Vinegar Bend.
Friday evening’s concert will feature Amory’s own favorite group The Gents at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night’s Frisco Park concert will feature a Mississippi up-and-coming band Crossin’ Dixon.
Entertainment chairman Art Gentry said he has rounded up a great lineup this year that has something for everyone’s musical tastes.
The food court will be located in its usual place on Front Street beside Frisco Park with 15 different booths. Several new food vendors will be on hand this year with a full menu of tasty items.
A carnival midway will open for the kiddies on Front Street continuing until late afternoon Sunday. It will be open 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. during the weekend. Arm bands will be available to enable children to ride the rides as much as they want for a set price.
The 5K Railroad Run is set for Saturday morning, originating downtown at Frisco Park this year.. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the race starting at 9 a.m. There will be numerous classifications.
Main Street will be closed for an antique car show on Saturday hosted by the Tenn-Tom Cruisers. Registration is from 8 until 11:30 with judging from noon until 2 p.m.
Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Amory is again sponsoring the arts and craft market in Frisco Park. Exhibitors will be setting up Thursday, some not opening until later in the weekend, and offering items of all types, from jewelry to ironwork to handmade candles.
Several hobos have made their way to Amory to partake of the fun. They will be based out of the hobo camp behind the steam engine in the park around their traditional campfire. They always welcome visitors to stop by and visit with them.
Among the hobos coming will be the reigning King of the Hobos Stretch and his faithful dog Burlington, and other hobos who have become special friends with the locals from their repeated visits to Amory.
Public restrooms are available in City Hall as well as portable units north of City Hall on Front Street.
The Amory Police Department reminds people to not leave cars parked illegally in areas that are not intended for festival parking as they may be towed to assure safety. Also do not park on private property or block streets or driveways. A free shuttle bus will offer rides to the Amory Regional Museum and back to the Veterans Museum beside Frisco Park throughout the day Friday and Saturday.
This year there will also be demonstrations at the Amory Regional Museum. Visitors to the museum can also see the new gallery and tour the refurbished rail car Pasadena.

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Chris Wilson/Monroe Journal

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