Archive for Wednesday, May 29, 2002

16,000 Thomas tickets expected to sell out

May 29, 2002

The countdown is on.

In less than two weeks, Thomas the Tank Engine will rumble into town bringing with it with several thousand people.

Around 12,500 of the 16,000 available tickets for Day Out With Thomas, which is June 7-9 and 14-16, have been sold to people in 20 states as far away as Nevada, Wyoming, Arizona, Georgia and New Jersey.

"This is going to bring in a lot of people from all over the country," Tom Wheeler, event director, said. "We really expect it will sell out."

Day Out With Thomas, geared for children ages 2 to 6 years old, will feature a train ride on Thomas, a full-sized, 17-ton, 25-foot-long replica, and face painting, storytelling, coloring and live music at the Midland Railway. Concessions and Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise will also be available.

Wheeler said local organizations will be able to set up food booths at the event for $50 a day. Midland is still looking for a couple of more organizations interested in setting up a booth, as well as volunteers to help throughout the two-weekend event. Anyone interested in volunteering can call Kathy Davis at 594-3897.

It doesn't cost to enter the Day Out With Thomas event, but it does cost to ride Thomas.

Tickets are available at the Gifts and Accents Store at the Metcalf South Shopping Center, 9605 Metcalf, in Overland Park or by calling (913) 381-8856. Tickets, which are non-refundable, are $14 per person with a $1.50 handling fee per order. Children under age 1 are free. More information about Thomas the Tank Engine can be found at the official Web site at www.thomasthetankengine.com.

Wheeler said Midland has been working with the Baldwin School District to use its parking lots and buses to transport people to and from the depot, as well as the city and the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce to make things run as smoothly as possible.

"Everything's moving along right now," he said.

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