RUSSELL, Ky. — Downtown Russell will come alive with the annual Railroad Days Festival which will convene June 17-18. The kick off for the event will be Friday, June 17 at. 1 p.m.
Bobby Allen, executive director of Greenup County Tourism, and chairman of the Railroad Days Festival committee, said acquiring the funds to host this year’s event was an obstacle which the committee was able to surmount.
“We started out $6,000 less than last year because three local businesses just were not able to donate again because of the economic down turn, and we are obviously understanding of that fact,” Allen said. “But our committee did a good job of getting to new businesses to secure any and every donation that we could find, and actually ended up bringing more than we ever have.”
The headlining entertainment for Russell Railroad Days is Cody Wickline, 2015 contest on the popular television show, ‘The Voice.’ There will also be performances by Stephen Salyers, and Shelby Lore.
“Cody Wickline is going to be our headliner for entertainment this year,” Allen said. “He is from Beckly, West Virginia, so he is no only a good local name following, but also has national recognition for his appearance on NBC.
The festival is fully loaded with other activities for fun and amusement, including carnival rides which is a new addition. The talent show is coming back this year, ‘Talent On the Tracks’ scheduled for Saturday, June 18, at 1 p.m. where local persons can showcase their singing talents with an entry fee of $35 the day of the event. There will cash prizes and gift cards for the winners.
Inflatables will be a big part of Railroad Days, and will be provided by Inflation Station of Grayson, Kenucly Beth Marsh who is co-owner of Inflation Station with her husband David Marsh, said they will have inflatables for everyone to enjoy.
“We will be bringing all of our inflatables that are from Partytime Inflatables that was in Greenup,” Marsh said. “Partytime did the Railroad Days in the past, but they transferred out of the area, and we took over all of their inflatables.We will be bringing the Rockwall, which is very popular. We are going to have something for all ages, and we are doing the inflatable with an all-day wristband.”
Allen said they are expecting a great turn out to this year’s Railroad Days, and is hopeful for the event’s success.
“I think that we are going to be able to put on a good show especially after the success that we had last year. We hope it will be just as successful,” Allen said.
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