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Participants Say Railroad Days Move to Main Street Works

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 179

Two people taking part in events that were a part of this year’s Railroad Days celebration say the move of the bulk of the events back to Main Street is a great idea.

Yesterday, a classic car show took up many blocks that basketball and water fights among others covered on Saturday. That’s along with a return of a rib cookoff.

That Rib Cookoff benefited the Knox County Farm Bureau for the first time. Executive Director Kate Lansaw tells WGIL she may be new to the area, but she doesn’t see most of Railroad Days being held anywhere else.

“I wasn’t here in the past to experience that, but we’ve gotten a lot of really great foot traffic,” Lansaw said.  “With Main Street being shut down, it’s hard to miss Railroad Days now.  So I think that’s really helping as well.”

Pat Park of Galesburg had a car entered in this year’s Railroad Days Car Show, and tells WGIL the move to Main Street can be anything but bad.

“I think it should be on Main Street,” Park said.  “We need to wake up Galesburg.  We’ve got a lot of new stuff going on in this town.  We just need to wake up this downtown some more, and I think this is a good deal.  I like the carnival on the Public Square.  This is the way it should be.”

Road work in the area, especially nearby on the Seminary and Kellogg Street overpass, didn’t seem to deter people from heading downtown. Events also centered around the Galesburg Amtrak depot, among other locales.