The Railroad Days celebration begins next week on Tuesday, June 18.
Event planning has been underway for some time now, with the city now preparing for it’s biggest celebration of the year.
Grand Marshals for this year’s celebration are Arnold “Judge” Veglahn and Howard Schmidtke. They were chosen to represent the city specially this year with the all school reunion coming to St. James. Both Veglahn and Schmidtke are beloved teachers in the area.
The Railroad Days committee has a number of events scheduled for the celebration. Here are just a few:
Tuesday, June 18
5 p.m. – The Taste of St. James will make its way to the city of St. James, sponsored by Pioneer Bank. The Taste of St. James is a fundraiser for Railroad Days and will take place in the St. James VFW building.
Wednesday, June 19
6:30 p.m. – In keeping up with the Railroad Days theme, Author Steve Glischinski will be holding an event at the Watonwan County St. James Library for his photographic book about Minnesota Railroads between 1940 and 2012.
Thursday, June 20
5:30 p.m. – The big event Thursday is the annual Railrun where participants can run four miles, walk a half a mile or participate at varying levels in between. Registration for the event begins at 5:30 p.m.
8 p.m. – Following the Railrun will be the Ronnie E Cash Show. The show is a tribute to Jonny Cash and is free for the public with a button. The Ronnie E Cash Show kicks off a very musical weekend that has been planned for the city of St. James.
Friday, June 21
11 a.m. – Friday has many activities in store, but the big ticket item will be the St. James Community Golf Invitational. The invitational takes place annually and works as a fundraiser for many local community organizations.
8:30 p.m. – Entertainment for Friday night is the Canyon Cowboy held in the entertainment building with a $5 admission fee. The We Fest Package will be given away at this event.
Saturday, June 22
Saturday is easily the busiest day of the celebration. Car shows, museum tours, movies and train rides are just a glimpse of all the activities taking place Saturday.
6 p.m. – The annual Gandy Dancer Parade will make it’s way down Main Street in St. James at 6 p.m. This year’s parade includes a large number of high school marching bands and will be unique due to scheduling issues that have been avoided. See a more in depth story on the parade in this week’s Plaindealer!
8:30 p.m. – Side FX will be performing in the entertainment building Saturday night with a $5 cover charge.
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6:30 a.m. – New to this year’s Railroad Days celebration is the St. James Triathlon. This kicks off bright and early at the St. James Pool.
11 a.m. – Truck and Tractor pull registration begins at 11 a.m. with the event following at 12:30 p.m. A beer garden and food stands will be open at the Watonwan County Fairgrounds throughout the day.
4 p.m. – A raffle drawing and button winners announcement will be made to close out the busy weekend in the entertainment building in St. James.
For a more detailed list of events visit the Railroad Days Facebook page or pick up this week’s Shopper. Don’t forget to purchase a button to be eligible to win great prizes and receive discounts throughout the Railroad Days celebration.