Adairsville's Great Locomotive Chase Festival picks up steam today
by Matt Shinall
Oct 05, 2012 | 4746 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Adairsville High School JROTC heads up the 2011 Great Locomotive Festival parade. Festivities kickoff today for the 44th annual Great Locomotive Chase Festival in downtown Adairsville. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, File
The Adairsville High School JROTC heads up the 2011 Great Locomotive Festival parade. Festivities kickoff today for the 44th annual Great Locomotive Chase Festival in downtown Adairsville. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, File
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Kicking off today in downtown Adairsville, the 44th annual Great Locomotive Chase Festival will provide carnival rides, historic demonstrations, food and entertainment for thousands of guests this weekend.

The annual festival has grown through the years and still continues to do so, this year offering more carnival rides and a new layout. Arts and crafts will be downtown on Public Square, food vendors will be in the Log Town area south of the square and carnival rides will be near the utility drive-thru north of the square.

“There should be some more carnival rides and they’ve moved them up to the north side. And they’ve made some improvements to the Log Town area where most of the food vendors will be, which should make it a nice place to eat,” said Jerri Holloway, director of the Adairsville Rail Depot and Age of Steam Museum. “We’ll have some crafters and things like that around the historic area around the depot. We’ll have a lady doing spinning. We’ll have jewelry making. We’ll have old-fashioned handmade wooden toys, clothing making demonstrations and there will be other handmade things inside the courthouse.”

New this year will be students from the Adairsville High School drama department dressed in period clothing portraying prominent community members who impacted the city of Adairsville.

“There will be a group of students from the high school drama department dressed in characters, such as John Adair,” Holloway said. “He will walk up to people and hand them a card, introduce himself as John Adair and tell them how he affected the community.”

Concerts and entertainment will be on hand throughout the weekend with festivities taking place downtown from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission for guests 6 and older is $3. There will be no admission charged Sunday, however, for gospel concerts from noon to 5 p.m.

The museum will be open and admission with no additional admission Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.