The ROVING GARDEN RAILWAY had a wonderful
experience at KidFest in Concord this past weekend. Organizers estimated 20,000 tickets were collected. People drove from over 2 hours away to attend an event just for kids. Many local organizations set up bean-toss and similar booths to entertain kids and inform the public about their non-profit cause. The stage had non-stop children groups performing dance, music and martial arts. When I walked around the booths I almost choked up a bit to see all the wholesome activities set up for children to experience and especially to participate in.
It was not uncommon to have thirty people at a time watching the trains and chatting with our volunteers around the railroad. Thanks to Seth Abraham we had stanchions around the layout so we could relax a bit. Like clockwork, our three trains ran constantly,except while batteries were being replaced, which was an attraction in itself. We estimate handing out 200 BAGRS postcards after chatting with the prospects about our club. Many thought it was a good deal to become members in order to bring their families on the monthly tours. On Friday, my husband Ron and I set up the trailer. All day Saturday we had new member, Gerry Fogle, and "old" members, Terry Hurley, Ron Gies and I along with my sister Barbara. On Sunday, Joe Barker, Terry, and I along with new member, Jack Reichert held down the fort. We didn't have enough volunteers to show on Monday. Maybe next year.
(Upper left photo) Ron Gies' gift of a Ragtime bellows whistle on top of our sign attracted fair goers and our poster had helpful info.
(Upper right photo) Stanchions helped keep the kids back but we had our share of leaners!