Celebrating all things Pacific, the 2017 Heritage Festival Saturday drew artists, history buffs, train lovers and antique tractor collectors to Downtown Pacific.
Formerly known as Railroad Day, the festival was heavy on participation activities in Pacific Station Plaza. Activities ran from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A bright red and green trolley offered rides through downtown and to East St. Louis Street where antique tractors were lined up in front of the Pacific Railroad Museum and the UP Railroad’s big Heritage Engine 1996 sat on a siding adjacent to the street.
Chris Niemoeller chaired the event, which was hosted by the Pacific Partnership.
Heritage Festival visitors could munch on funnel cakes, cotton candy, burgers, hot dogs or Philly cheese steaks as the bands Fox Creek and Rebound performed throughout the day.
Beneath a large striped canopy, original art pieces created by children ages 5 to 18 were on display as part of the second annual Children’s Art Show.
Despite the 90-degree temperature, children could be seen trying their luck at tossing rings, arrows and beanbags, trying to knock down stacks or milk bottles or playing in the corn box.
Patrons also could visit a Civil War Camp and talk to re-enactors representing veterans of both the North and South, or take a trolley ride through downtown with a stop at the big UP Heritage engine on display.