Railtown 1897 Presents 5th Annual “Singing Rails” Railroad Music Festival on June 7

Tickets on Sale Now for Spirited Annual Event  

The Wailin Woodys will perform June 7 at 6pm

The Wailin Woodys will perform June 7 at 6pm

 

JAMESTOWN, Calif. – Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to present an entertaining, upbeat and festive “Singing Rails” music festival on Saturday, June 7, 2014, that reflects America’s longstanding love affair with trains and the railroad through the magic of music.  This is the 5th “Singing Rails” festival that includes an amateur music contest leading up to a special live musical performance by The Wailin’ Woodys – featuring the music of Woody Guthrie.

The family-friendly music festival will take place outdoors on the sprawling Roundhouse lawn starting with the entertaining music contest that starts at noon.  Contestants will compete in two categories – Vocal and Instrumental – and will be judged by a panel of three.  Each contestant will perform two songs, one of which must be train-related. Awards will be announced at 5 p.m. when cash prizes of $100 will be awarded to the top contestant in each category.  The contest entry fee is $15 – and includes a ticket to the evening event and a train ride.  Interested contestants are encouraged to pre-register online at www.railtown1897.org and limited space is available to participate.   Then at 5 p.m., interested Park visitors can compete in a free — and always amusing — competition for the best vocally-generated train sound. Free to participate and no advance registration required, a special “Boxcar Willie Award” and $50 prize will be awarded to the winner based on audience response.

Contestants can win $100 in either the vocal or instrumental categories of the Railroad Music Competition

Contestants can win $100 in either the vocal or instrumental categories of the Railroad Music Competition

 After the spirited contest, the live music really kicks into high gear when The Wailin’ Woodys perform live from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets to the music festival cost $5 per person or are free to same-day train ride ticket holders.  Train ride tickets cost $15 for adults, $8 for youths ages 6 to 17 and are free for children ages 5 and under.  While refreshments and food will be available for purchase at the “Singing Rails” event, guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic items.  Advance train ride and “Singing Rails” tickets are available now online at www.railtown1897.org and more information about the event or Railtown 1897 SHP is available by calling 209-984-3953.

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