Railroad Days, celebrated its 34th year of fun for the St. James community.


    Railroad Days, celebrated its 34th year of fun for the St. James community.
    On Friday, June 22, modified and stock lawn mower drag races, as well as blind golf cart races were held at the Grand Stand. Both events began at 7 p.m.
    Admission to the Grand Stand was free if you were wearing a Railroad Days button, which were sold at $3 leading up to and during Railroad Days.
    Though it began on Thursday, June 22, at 10 a.m., the Book Sale, held at the Watonwan County Library, was open to the community on Friday and Saturday.
    On Friday night, at 8 p.m., the band Attitude put on a free show at the Entertainment Building/Beer Garden.
    On Saturday, June 23, the day began with the Rotary pancake breakfast, held at the American Legion from 7 a.m.
    For those interested in model trains and St. James’ railroad history, From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. the Model Railroad & Depot Museum was open to the public both Saturday and Sunday.
    Also at 10 a.m. was the Class Car Show, which featured classic cars, such as the 1969 Z28 Chevrolet Camaro as well as a 1923 Ford Model T Roadster.
    New to the Railroad Days schedule was a petting zoo that ran from noon until 4 p.m. Most notable of the animals was a miniature cow named Pitt Squeak.
    A turtle race was heldbehind First National Bank at 12:15 p.m. Guests were asked to supply their own turtles.
    At 2 p.m., children, ages 4-11 years, were invited to test their strength in the D & S Pedal Pull competition.
    First-place winners for this competition included, in ascending order of age, included Wyatt Tripp, Jacob Meidl, Levi Miest, Nathaniel Miest, Adam Heckman, Tayton Tripp, Freddy Carreon and Lilly Amechi.
    Second-place winners included Braeylyn Randall, Jacob Kilion, Cora Madison, Jacob Miest, Drayton Klassen, Troy Mitzel, Matthew Heckman and Austin Becker.
    Beginning at 6 p.m., in the downtown area, was the annual Gandy Dancer parade, which had 100 units this year, which included various marching bands from different areas of Minnesota, several local and Watonwan County businesses, a few appearances from different political figures and/or candidates, and a number of different organizations, such as the VFW and VFW Auxiliary, the Eagles and the American Legion.
    Before and after the parade, ice cream was served.
    Light rock band Side FX performed at the Entertainment Building, beginning at 8:30 p.m.
    On Sunday, an all-day Roundhouse Softball Tournament was held at the Fairgrounds and Memorial Park.
    At 10 a.m., a tractor and truck pull was held at the Fairgrounds.
    From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the Firefighter’s Chicken Dinner was be held at the American Legion. The ADA ice cream social was also held at this time.
    At 4 p.m., in the Entertainment Building, raffle winners were announced.
    Mark Luther was the first-prize winner, receiving a $2000 cash prize. Dwayne Derksen came in second-place, winning a $1,000 cash prize. Coming in third was Bob Luther, with a $500 cash prize.
    These announcements concluded 2012 Railroad Days.