LASTA Members, your Steam Fest is coming up May 14th and 15th back at the Audubon Park Riverview. The construction of the new ballfields is finally complete. The fest grounds have doubled in size. Attendance for LASTA Members is free so come on out. Hours for the event are from 10 to 7. SP745 will be under steam after a full reassembly following the five year inspection. The cab will be open for tours. Bring your camera to take pictures on the front of the engine. 745 is in the best shape ever.
The consist will be open for tours. We will have an exhibit providing an overview of the state bicentennial trip along with a maritime steam exhibit. This maritime exhibit will compliment a large selection of maritime steam engines from a various marine craft all professionally restored. One of these engines will actually be run with steam fed from 745. The “Thomas” kiddee train will give rides. Multiple model train layouts will be there for the junior engineers. An inflatable train will be available for the kids to climb through. Operation Lifesaver will reinforce the rail crossing safety message.
The music line-up includes classic rock by “The Refugeze” and rock-a-billy by “Christian Serpas and Ghost Town” on Saturday. On Sunday the Bluegrass band “Hazel and the Delta Ramblers” play followed up by the 60’s and 70’s band “Liquid Peace Revolution”. Food vendors will be on site along with cold drinks and frozen treats. The gift shop will be set up. And as always pets are welcome.
This is LASTA’s one and only fundraiser. We welcome everyone to come out and have fun with us to keep 745 in top shape. We look forward to seeing you there.