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2012 Railroad Days Festival / March 23rd & 24th / Callahan, Florida
User: budnico
Submitted: Tuesday, February 07, 2012 11:11 AM
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Plans for the 2012 Railroad Days Festival are progressing as the West Nassau Historical Society prepares for their signature fund raising event scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 23rd and 24th.  Major events will be held both days in and around the historic 1881 Callahan Train Depot and historic 1856 Florida Railroad bed.  Friday’s festivities will start at 1 pm with a brief ceremony honoring Juliette Gordon Low and the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts. Low was a Savannah resident who coincidently had a connection with Daniel Callahan. Oak seedlings from the Centennial Tree will be presented to the Girl Scouts and to Rayonier, who donated the tree to the Historical Society last year. Rayonier will also be honored for their donation to the newly renovated Depot Annex. There will be various food and craft vendors on the grounds both days, along with train and classic car exhibits, tractors, kids’ play area and live music and entertainment from the front platform.  The highlight on Saturday is the 7th Annual Railroad Days Festival Parade starting at 11:00 am. Cochrane’s Collision Center will host a classic car show after the parade. Train layouts and the Nassau County Record photo contest entries will be on display inside the Depot Annex. A photo exhibit of the 100th anniversary of the Hilliard Schoolhouse and a preview of the upcoming 150 page book about Daniel Callahan will be on display as well. The West Nassau Historical Society is a non-profit, tax exempt organization dedicated to the preservation of Nassau County’s rich history and to the maintenance and upkeep of the historic Callahan Depot. Sponsors and volunteers are needed to help make this year’s Festival a success. For additional information on the 2012 Railroad Days Festival or on becoming a volunteer, sponsor, or donor please visit, West-Nassau Historical-Society on facebook or call John Hendricks with the West Nassau Historical Society at 904-879-3406.
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