Planes, Trains and Automobiles canceled for lack of attendance
Baldwin City’s Planes, Trains and Automobiles event has run out of fuel and will no longer be an annual event for the community.
The event, which was scheduled for June 16 and 17, has been canceled because of a lack of tourists traveling to Baldwin City for that weekend.
At the first organizational meeting for the event, McFarlane Aviation at Vinland Aerodome announced it would no longer be participating, and the bureau then decided to cancel the event altogether.
“The idea was we were trying to make it grow, and for the money we were putting in, we weren’t getting a response,” said Steve Friends, Baldwin City Tourism Bureau chair.
Although the event didn’t pull in a large crowd, it did contribute to riders on the Midland Railway.
“Since that event is canceled, it will take away some passenger revenue for the year,” said Allen Kinsley, Midland Railway Director of Marketing.
To make up for the loss of visitors to Baldwin City, the tourism bureau and the Midland Railway are trying to find other ways to get visitors to Baldwin City and to the Midland Railway Depot.
“We hope to counteract some losses with new things,” Kinsley said.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Midland Railway and as a way to draw a new crowd, a steam locomotive will be brought onto the railway grounds for Railfest in September.
The tourism bureau also has new events in the works.
Friends said part of getting visitors to come to Baldwin City is getting them to stay overnight and go to local businesses. The bureau is hoping to host three events throughout the year to attract overnight visitors to the area including a triathlon during the summer, a warrior run in early fall and a bike race in the spring.
The Maple Leaf City Triathlon is scheduled for July 28. Friends is hoping for 100-150 participants and said community members have already expressed interest in the race.
“Volunteers are pushing forward with ideas,” Friends said.
To register for the triathlon and for more information on the event, visit www.enter2run.com.