Parts of Railroad Days Making a Comeback

The saying “everything old is new again” might just apply to parts of the 37th annual Railroad Days in Galesburg this weekend.

That’s what Railroad Days Committee Chair Dennis Clark says makes this year’s festival so exciting. Chief among them, is the move of most Railroad Days activities back to Main Street for the first time in years – a move he says was four years in the making and one many have asked for.

Clark tells the WGIL Morning News the three-on-three basketball tournament is coming back as well, even though it may not seem the same as in years past — at least not right away.

“This year it won’t be what it was,” says Clark. “It won’t be 200 teams, okay? I’m going to tell people right now it’s not going to be 200 teams. But that was a two-day thing before too, it really took the downtown and covered for two days. But it’s going to be a one-day event and they’re going to be third to eighth grade this year.”

Clark praises the Costa Catholic Academy “Friars” for taking the initiative to organize the three-on-three, and to have as many as 60 different volunteers helping to run it.

Other things “new” for this year’s Railroad Days include live music at Park Plaza downtown, a “Chalk Walk” put on by the Galesburg Civic Art Center, and water fights hosted by the Galesburg Fire Department among others.

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