Welcome to Central and our annual Railroad Festival. Please look over this insert for all the festival activities and sponsors. Some of the additions to this year’s festival are our local Southern Wesleyan University Jazz Band, Randy “Elvis” Bonneval an Elvis Impersonator direct from New Orleans and the Flying Saucers, a 1955-1965 oldies band. For the kids we have added a musical and magic show and a dance group from Pickens. For the kids we will again have inflatables, a tractor train ride, games, trains, plus lots more. Returning to this year’s railroad festival is the free Railroad Festival tour. Clemson Area Transit buses will run continuously for off-site parking areas plus taking festival-goers to nearby historical sites including the Central Heritage Museum and Collins Ole Towne, a 1920’s-era village recreation. The Central Railway Museum will also be open for free tours during the festival, which wraps up at 7 p.m.
Central’s railroad heritage is unique because its name came about because it is located at the midway point between Atlanta and Charlotte on the main railroad line. The town grew because of the railroad company’s investment in maintenance activities in Central. The railroad company eventually moved out of Central and textiles moved in. Central’s history still evolved around the railroad, and to this day it still runs through the heart of downtown. With a variety of restaurants, shops and businesses, and the Railway Museum Central has plenty of reasons to celebrate and to toot its own horn.
We all hope you enjoy all the activities and have a great day. We look forward to seeing you again in 2013!
The Central Railroad Festival Committee thanks all who have donated, participated, volunteered and attended the 2011 Central Railroad Festival.
To conduct an annual festival to celebrate the town’s railroad heritage by featuring and promoting the Central Railway Museum, the Central Model Railway and Historical Association, the Central Heritage Society, the Town of Central, and local businesses by attracting residents, visitors and tourists for the showcase of Central’s past, present and future.