All aboard for fun!

Central Railroad Festival is this Saturday!!!

Welcome  to  the  2021  annual  Central  Railroad  Festival!  We’re  glad to have you and your family with us and hope that you will have a wonderful, fun-filled day. If you’ve been to the Railroad Festival before, we appreciate your continued attendance and support. If this is your first time with us, you’ve got a  lot  to  see,  do  and  enjoy:  great  food,  craft vendors,  and  a  wide  variety  of   free  entertainment and attractions. Best of all, WE HAVE TRAINS!

This insert is your guide to everything you and your family need for an unforgettable  day  of  fun.  We’ve  included  maps, schedules and information about the day’s exciting activities. You’ll also see details about our terrific sponsors who have once again helped us present this festival free of change.

The festival begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m., featuring Main Stage entertainment, food, music and many arts and crafts vendors offering  a  variety  of  handmade  items.

The kids are in for loads of fun with dancing on the Kids Stage, tractor train rides, free balloon artist, free face painter, model trains, and much more!

This year we’re proud  to  present  live  music  by Luke Deuce, a country artist inspired by Johnny Cash, Buck Owens and Hank Williams. Sweet Potato Pie Kids, a talented group of Pickens County’s own young musicians, The Jaguar 4 with a bluesy rock n’ roll sound-They will be sponsored by the Greater Clemson Music Festival.Also, Jack Roper and the Weatherman Band will entertain in the afternoon.

The town of Central was named as a result of its historic link to the railroad. Located at the exact half-way point on the main line between Charlotte and Atlanta, Central was the name given to this booming  1873  railroad  town. As  the  railroad company invested in Central’s maintenance  activities,  the  town  grew  and  prospered. When the railroad company eventually moved away, the textile industry moved in and the railroad remained an important factor in the town’s development. To this day, the railroad still runs through the heart of downtown. With a variety of restaurants,  shops,  businesses,  and  the  unique Railway Museum, the town of Central has plenty of reasons to celebrate and toot its own horn.


Model trains, toy trains, real caboose tours, train craft activities — so much to enjoy; courtesy of the Central Railway Museum and the Central Railway Model and Historical Association. The Museum reopen this year with social distancing and masking requirements to comply with COVID-19 protocols. There will also be a model train layout in the Fire Station.

If  you  need  directions  or  information, please stop by the information tent near the railroad crossing at Bank Street. If you need medical assistance please stop by the Fire Truck and EMS station on Main Street. From all of us on the Festival Committee,  the  Clemson  Area  Chamber  of Commerce, the Town of Central, the Central Area Business Council and the Central Railway Model and Historical Association, THANK YOU for joining us. We hope you have a delightful time and make plans to join us every year.