June 10, 2014
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College Foundation will host the 20th annual Railroad Days Train & Toy Show from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 28 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 29 at the Carl Sandburg College Main Campus in Galesburg, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
The cost to attend the two-day event is $5 per person; children 12 and under are admitted for free. Concessions are available and a complimentary shuttle service between the Galesburg Amtrak station and the show will run every 30 minutes.
More than 60 vendors are slated to attend the event, which will include 250 merchandise tables and several model layouts for people to view. Visitors will also get a chance to see model trains and cars, Hot Wheels, NASCAR, military memorabilia, dolls, coins and other toys and collectibles. Created as a one-time fundraiser and located in the gymnasium, the show now encompasses the majority of the College’s campus. More than 2,000 people attended last year’s event.
The train show was started in 1994 by retired Sandburg instructor Harry Grossman and has raised about $180,000 through the Carl Sandburg College Foundation for student scholarships. Grossman has been active in the train hobby all his life. He lives in Arizona and served as a consultant for this year’s new volunteer Train Show coordinator, Larry Anglund of Galesburg.
The toy show, run by volunteer Barry Wainer of Galesburg, was added to the event ten years ago. In addition to all the toy vendors, another big attraction is a miniature hay baler that will be on display. Children are able to make their own mini hay bale and take it home with them.
For more information, call the Carl Sandburg College Foundation at 309.341.5349.