The Great Falls Model Railroad Club will celebrate the Lewiston-Auburn Balloon Festival with its sixth annual Train Fest, a two-day family fun event at the railroad club building at 144 Mill Street in Auburn.
The club will be decorated with model hot air balloons, some of which will be temporarily floating in the blue skies of all four permanent layouts.
Every member of the family will enjoy seeing the layouts in operation. As guest engineers, children can run trains on the club’s extensive HO layout. Younger children will have fun operating Thomas the Tank Engine in the G-Gauge room as well as playing with other age-appropriate trains. There will be railroad-related games and activities for everyone.
A scavenger hunt will encourage people to go into each room to find specific hot-air balloons. Each balloon donated by Governor’s Restaurant will become a hot air balloon with a peanut butter cup in its basket. Paper hot air balloons will decorate the skies above each railroad layout.
As they enter the club’s facility for the Train Fest, children will write their names on small paper hot air balloons and add them to a painted backdrop scene.
The younger children will enjoy playing with toy trains on the play rug and with the wooden Brio train set on the special layout built at a child’s height. In the G-Gauge room, they can operate on the recently updated layout and watch the engine named Percy run on the trestle above Thomas. Tickets can be purchased to play the Balloon Bag Toss and the Round House Roulette game and to become a Guest Engineer on the HO layout. For one ticket, the youngest children can ride on the special train donated by Joseph Gilbert.
The traditional Bubble Blast will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Operation Lifesaver will provide railroad safety tips and materials. Model railroad supplies and Train Time videos will be available to buy.
The Great Falls Model Railroad Club will celebrate the Auburn/Lewiston Balloon Festival this month with our sixth annual Train Fest. The club will be open on Saturday, August 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, August 21, from noon to 5 p.m.
The club hopes to enter our parade locomotive for the Balloon Festival parade which starts at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 20. Club members are asked to help on Saturday and/or Sunday for a few hours or all day by selling tickets, running trains, and supervising layouts and games. Please publicize the event by posting and distributing the colorful flyers available at the club and with email and FaceBook messages to your friends and family.
Admission is $3; children 12 and under are admitted free.