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Louisiana Travel : Louisiana Railroad Days Festival

 

Louisiana Railroad Days Festival
DeQuincy, Louisiana 

In 1897, the town of DeQuincy was established by the Kansas City Southern Railroad.  Each year on the second weekend in April, DeQuincy gives tribute to the railroad that built it.

Held at the Railroad Museum Park, the festival prides itself on being very family friendly.  The festival is admission free and alcohol free.

This festival has carnival rides, food booths, crafts booths, the Dining Car BBQ Cook-off, free entertainment and a parade to name just a few of the events.

Friday night is the popular Gospel Night where local churches and individuals sing gospel songs.   There’s the Railroad Idol Contest where locals sing in a talent competition patterned after American Idol Saturday morning.  Country music band, Shenandoah, headlines Saturday night.

Make sure to tour the Railroad Museum where you’ll see a restored 1913 steam locomotive, a 1947 passenger coach and two vintage cabooses.  The museum also houses displays of model trains.

Thursday, April 7, 2011 – 5 – 11 pm
Friday, April 8, 2011 – 2 – 11 pm
Saturday, April 9, 2011 – 8:30 am – 11 pm

400 Lake Charles Avenue
DeQuincy, Louisiana
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