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This is an update on the upcoming Fostoria Rail Festival. We have had questions as to why there are two different addresses for the event. The Fostoria Jr/Sr. High School building will have the vendors and some train layouts, the Fostoria Elem, building (using the gym), which is beside the high school campus, will have the larger model train layouts. We have 200+ train vendor tables (55+ vendors) with many returning vendors and some first-time vendors in Fostoria. The lobby, gym, auxiliary gym, cafeteria and two adjoining hallways will be utilized.

It looks like the weather for next weekend is really great, mid 70's.

There will be golf carts to take you from the high school cafeteria to the elem. gym location.

There will be plenty of parking. When driving to the high school from N.Countyline St, you will immediately be on the east side of the school, the lobby area. You can park there or drive around to the rear of the school (west side) and park either outside of the high school cafeteria or go to the elem. gym parking lot (which is just west of the high school campus).

The admission is $5.00 per adult with children under 10 free. After entering the rail festival, you will be given a raffle ticket and be eligible for our $10. gift certificates. Winning ticket numbers will be drawn throughout the day with the winning numbers posted beside the FRPS tables. The winners will be able to use the $10. certificate at any of the vendors at the rail festival.

The Lens-Eye View PHoto Contest entries will be on display at the rail festival. So far, there are 22+ entries. The winners are selected by the Fostoria Community Arts Council. Prizes are $75. 1st prize; $50. 2nd prize; $25. 3rd prize and $10. 1st. Honorable Mention. The key to the winning photo is how does the photo show the trains as well as Fostoria's rail locations? Having a photo all people, not just railfans, would enjoy viewing.

The Fostoria High School cafeteria will be busy serving all of the hungry attendees. We have heard only wonderful comments on their delicious food. and reasonable prices.

Something new this year--The Seneca County Health Dept. has asked to have their van at our event. We will have the van in the west side parking lot outside of the school cafeteria. The Health Dept. will be able to provide vaccinations, distribute free test kits and PPE. NO insurance cards are needed for the services.

Romick Railway will be providing train rides outside of the building. Attendees of our rail festival can ride for free.

Hopefully we will have enough volunteers to have a children's area in the cafeteria. Children will be able to color train-themed coloring pages. Parents can relax for a while.

We can always use volunteers to help setup the tables Friday night (3-5pm) and take down the tables Saturday (4-6).

The Fostoria Iron Triangle Rail Park will be filled with many railfans. Our B&O I-18 caboose will be open to the public Saturday from 11-1.

Hope to see you, Last year we had attendees from Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, MIchigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. We are not taking a survey this year, however, IF you want to advise us of your home state, please do.



Thank You to everyone that made it a huge success. Here are some photos by Zack Segur

See you next year





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