Monticello train show set for this weekend

Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     While only in its third year, the Monticello Train Show & Swap Meet attracts people from all over.

     This year, the event is booked solid with almost 30 vendors from four different states.

     The event will take place on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Monticello Berndes Center (fairgrounds).

     Admission is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are free.

     “It’s a variation of businesses and collectors selling their collections and parts,” explained Train Show organizer Ron Ackerman.

     Aside from the many places to stop and shop, there will also be modules running as well.

     “A lot of our vendors are scheduled to come back after last year’s event,” added Ackerman. “They had nothing but good things to say about it.”

     Visitors can also bring in their own train set items to swap.

     Two years ago marked the first Train Show & Swap Meet with about 450 visitors. Ackerman said things really grew in 2018 with over 600 people in attendance.

     “It increased quite a bit,” he said.

     The event is sponsored by the Monticello Railroad Club, a 501(c)7. The group of about 10 active members meets throughout the year. Ackerman said they also extend their expertise to train collectors and enthusiasts.

     Throughout the day, door prizes will be handed out, which consist of train sets, train cars, model kits and model buildings. You must be present to win.

     The Train Show & Swap Meet is a family-friendly event for people of all ages.

     “We really want to get the kids involved,” urged Ackerman.

     A few years ago, Central City’s train show ended, bringing more and more people to Monticello.

     One new addition this year is a visit from the Puppy Jake Foundation. This non-profit out of Des Moines is “dedicated to helping military veterans through the assistance of well bred, socialized and professionally trained service dogs.” They primarily serve veterans in the Midwest.

     To help raise money for the Puppy Jake Foundation, there will be a drawing for an HO Scale Limited Edition 1943 Locomotive. Tickets are $2 each or six for $10. The winner will be drawn at 2 p.m., and you do not need to be present to win.

     Puppy Jake Foundation’s vision is: “Providing service dogs to restore independence for wounded veterans.”

     Monticello Parks and Recreation will be running a concession stand throughout the day. Proceeds there go to support recreational programming.


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