HAMLET — Saturday is National Train Day and Hamlet Depot and Museums is not going to let it pass without a bang.
From 2 to 5 p.m., Main Street Park and the museum will be filled with food and activities to recognize the special day.
“There will be a lot of activities going on that day,” said Miranda Chavis, museum manager. “We’ll have lots of food, face painting, sidewalk chalk art contests, prizes and an opportunity for people to learn more about Morse code.”
This is the second year that the museum has hosted the event. Last year, the event attracted more than 500 participants from the community.
“It was very successful, and we’re hoping this year will be even better,” Chavis said.
Chavis said she was also excited about the opening of the Seaboard Air Line locomotive. It will be the debut of the locomotive and guests will be able to explore the inside. The locomotive is courtesy of the National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame of Hamlet.
The day will start off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. for the locomotive, and from that point on there will be a number of activities available. Volunteers will be running the model railroad exhibits, residents will be able to get an up close look at the fire truck located in downtown Hamlet, there will be railroad games and prizes from Operation Lifesaver, Cafe on Main will be doing a scavenger hunt and Amtrak and CSX will be giving some prizes away.
“The entire event is very family oriented and free to the public,” Chavis said.
There will also be a Hamlet Business Association Sidewalk Sale starting at 10 a.m. in downtown Hamlet. The sale will feature local businesses such as Deb’s Place, Razzle Dazzle Boutique, Hamlet Hardware, Harrington’s Gift Shop and a number of others.
“People will be able to explore what we have here in Hamlet,” Chavis said. “And it’s perfect timing to finish that last minute shopping for Mother’s Day.”