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Colfax Railroad Days fundraiser to bring back annual event

By: Tessa Marguerite, Reporter/Page Designer
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A fundraiser for Colfax Railroad Days will be held tomorrow night at the Sierra Vista Community Center.

Fred and Reene Abbot, the new city of Colfax events liaisons, are excited to be involved in bringing back Railroad Days to Colfax for the 46th year.

“It just needed to come back,” Reene said.

The last Railroad Days was held in 2015, and according to Reene, it will now be an ongoing, annual event.

With the support of the Placer Sierra Railroad Heritage Society and many volunteers, the Abbots are organizing all the specifics to make the historical celebration a success.

“We moved up here in 1999, and we knew there was a train station but didn’t know how important the railroad was,” Reene said. “Back in the day, we were a really important little location.”

Railroad Days pays homage to the times when Colfax — called Illinoistown in 1865 — was a vital link for traders and commerce along the first transcontinental railroad.

At the fundraiser, there will be music, a no-host bar and dozens of raffle prizes for kids and adults. The community fundraiser will also feature a taco bar catered by Homie Joe’s Tacos. Reene said the Homie Joe’s restaurant will be closed Friday, but will have a sign on the door directing hungry patrons to the Sierra Vista Community Center where the fundraiser will be taking place. 

Railroad Days is a free, family-oriented event in downtown Colfax with a Union Pacific Railroad display, model train displays, craft vendors, music, face painting, balloons, food and a safety fair. An anticipated 2,000 visitors are expected to attend. This year, Railroad Days is set to take place all day on Sept. 15 and 16. During the event, Union Pacific will be granting the city of Colfax the Golden Spike award, as this year marks 150 years since the completion of the transcontinental railroad.

On Sunday, Sept. 16, a pancake breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. The rest of the day will include many of Saturday’s festivities, though with fewer vendors and the addition of a car and motorcycle show down Main Street.

The Abbots are grateful for all the volunteers who have offered to contribute their time and skills to make this year’s Colfax Railroad Days a highlight for the community.

“We do ourselves proud when we do these things,” Reene said.