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Hobos, Hot Rods, and Heroes Festival and Car Show

Aug 22, 2018 02:00AM
The West Nassau Historical Society has selected Saturday, November 3, 2018, for their fundraising Hobos, Hot Rods, and Heroes Festival and Car Show.

The nonprofit's second autumn celebration is an all-day event held in and around the historic 1881 Callahan Train Depot and adjoining 1856 Florida Railroad bed.

The arts/crafts and food vendors will be open from 9 AM to 4 PM. The car show portion is a judged contest in several categories and is presented by Cochrane's Collision Center, Callahan Cruisers, and AB&B Auto Parts. It is scheduled from 10 AM to 2 PM and will be followed by an awards ceremony on the depot's main stage.

The kids’ play area starts at 10 AM with a bouncy house and youth-oriented games such as a Hobo Scavenger Hunt. Joel Pace Music students will hold a hands-on instruments session on the front platform of the 137-year old station.

Local live entertainment will perform on the main depot stage from 9 AM to 4 PM with the final act following the car show awards ceremony.Tours of the history museum, 1881 depot, turpentine artifact exhibit, and 1940s-era caboose will also be conducted. Inside the train depot museum the Historical Society will host a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit called Crossroads: Change in Rural America. The six-week long exhibit is made possible by the Florida Humanities Council and will run through December 8. The national display will be augmented with local quilters showing their works inside the depot annex along with the Historical Society’s 8x8 history-themed model train layout.

This is a primarily an outdoor event so please bring your lawn chairs. The West Nassau Historical Society is a non-profit, tax exempt organization and monies raised during this event will go toward the promotion of Nassau County’s rich and diverse history and the upkeep of the historic Callahan Train Depot. Donations to the 501c3 organization are tax deductible in accordance to current IRS rules.

Sponsors and volunteers are needed to help make this fundraising event a success.

For additional information on becoming a vendor, car show participant, volunteer, or sponsor to the 2018 Hobos, Hot Rods, and Heroes Festival and Car Show visit or call festival co-chairs John Hendricks or Emily Baumgartner at 904-879-3406.