October 6th - 10th
Third Annual Fest to Feature Modeling, Pacific Coast Railway History, Local Excursions and Big Fun!
Festival Hotels and Initial Sponsors Announced
The Third Annual Central Coast Railroad Festival, set for October 6-10th in the heart of the California Central Coast, will focus on rail excursions, modeling of all types and historical programs. Activities will take place at numerous railroad, historical and educational locations throughout San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties. The Central Coast Railroad Festival is designed to please casual train buffs and avid rail fans as well as delight tourists and locals of all ages. Attendees will be able to celebrate rail's history and future while experiencing all types of modeling, rail excursions, concerts, films, exhibits, ceremonies, rail organization meetings, historical presentations and special programs. Most Festival events will be free and all will be fun and very family friendly. Special hotel packages will be available for visitors who wish to spend several days on the Central Coast attending the Railroad Festival and exploring the area's beaches, wineries and other special attractions.
New this year will be a focus on the historical Pacific Coast Railway on Friday, October 7th. The PCRy programs will take place in Avila Beach, on the historical Harford Pier and in the pier's Olde Port Inn. Also new this year will be featured Festival Hotels. The Quality Suites in San Luis Obispo will be the Festival Headquarters Hotel and will offer room specials as well as Festival displays and programs. The Sea Venture Resort in Pismo Beach will be the Festival Beach Hotel and will also offer room specials and a railroad themed musical concert and reception. A Festival Wine Country Hotel in the Paso Robles area will be announced soon.
Popular activities from the first two Festivals will also be included. Festival activities will kick off at the popular San Luis Obispo Farmers' Market on Thursday night. The century old Freight House in San Luis Obispo's Historic Railroad District will be the center of activities on Saturday, October 8th. On Sunday, October 9th, model railroad layout tours will featured throughout SLO County including a special SLO Railroad Museum fundraiser at Bittercreek Western Railroad just south of Arroyo Grande which will showcase live miniature steamers. Layout tours are being arranged by the Model Railroads of Southern California organization.
The Cities of San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach are promotional sponsors for the 2011 Festival. KCOY 12 and FOX 11 are the Festival's exclusive television media partners. Additional sponsors, promotional partners and event volunteers are now being sought.
Further information on the Central Coast Railroad Festival, including the developing schedule of events, a list of participating organizations and an email notification sign up, can be found at www.ccrrf.com or by calling the Festival office at 805-773-4173.
Curtis Reinhardt, Director
Central Coast Railroad Festival