Archive for Thursday, June 17, 2004

Festival to help celebrate Father’s Day

June 17, 2004

This weekend could be a dream come true for many fathers.

The Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Planes, Trains and Automobiles, a festival that Peach Madl believes is perfect for Father's Day.


"It's a festival with planes, trains and automobiles," Madl, event chairperson, said. "We thought it would just be a fun event for fathers to come to with their families."

This weekend's events include a car show, an airplane display, train rides, a tractor show, an antique sale and a hunting and fishing sports show.

Madl said the chamber hoped the event would promote commerce and tourism, while also providing a fun festival for Baldwin residents.

"Our mission is to bring new people to town and use existing businesses," she said. "The more commerce that happens in the community, the better the community is."

Activities kick off Saturday morning with registration for the car show beginning at 8 a.m. Those who want to enter a car -- anything from classics to muscle cars and motorcycles to trucks -- can register downtown until noon. The show will continue through the afternoon, with trophies being awarded at 4 p.m.

Sandy Cardens, chamber office manager, said there have been inquiries about the car show from as far away as Ohio.

"And we'd really love to see some Baldwin cars in there," she said.

Activities continue throughout the weekend. McFarlane Aviation in Vinland is hosting an antique plane fly-in Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Lodge will be having a hunting and fishing sports show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, which will feature a variety of activities including pond fishing and mini golf. Elk burgers will also be served. Fathers can play mini-golf for free.

Midland Railway will be offering train rides at 11 a.m., 1 and 3:30 p.m. Fathers ride free with another paid admission. The train theme continues in the American Legion Hall downtown with the display of a model train.

Heritage Tractor is hosting an antique tractor show. C. Designs Floral and Garden will have antiques of its own on display, weather permitting.

Cardens said the festival provided a unique Father's Day event for the entire family.

"We hope dads really like it," she said. "It's always hard to find something fathers like to do that moms and the kids can enjoy doing, too. I think this is something any family can enjoy doing together."

More information about the festival can be found at

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