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Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 8:15 pm

As organizers put the finishing touches on plans for the 11th annual Railroad Day celebration this Saturday, Sept. 21, Event Chairman Monica Mahler says there is still a need for volunteers to work the event.

The event will be held at the Pacific Station Plaza on South First Street.

Activities begin at noon and continue until 10 p.m., and include live music, a talent contest, food booths and memorabilia vendors.

There also is still time for young performers to enter the Pacific Has Talent competition, which enters its fourth year.

Anyone wanting to perform in the competition can contact talent Chair Jenny Devine at 314-605-2495.

Railroad Day was established as a tourism theme tied to the rail heritage of the city, which began in September 1853 and created a railroad boom in downtown Pacific that flourished until the 1922 railroad strike caused the removal of the railroad repair shops from Downtown Pacific.

Some 80 years later, the Pacific Partnership dusted off the city’s railroad heritage and launched the program to develop Pacific Station Plaza as a train-watching venue and hold an annual railroad celebration.

At last year’s event, the UP Railroad officials announced that Pacific had been named a Train Town USA for its rail heritage.

The annual Railroad Day celebration was kicked off in 2003 on the 150th anniversary of the first train arriving in Pacific. The first train excursion west of the Mississippi River brought several train cars of officials from downtown St. Louis to Pacific and began the sale of lots where downtown businesses were established to serve the railroad and its passengers.

Planners for this year’s celebration include Mahler, Kay LeClaire, Adam Krauss, Jack and Mary Bone, Chris Niemoeller and Jenny Devine.

Anyone wanting to volunteer for the event, rent a booth or seeking more information can contact Mahler at 314-440-2929.

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