By Emily Tubb

Monroe Journal

AMORY – The Amory Railroad Festival got underway Thursday with a combination of entertainment, vendors and all the sweet and savory treats imaginable, and picked up steam throughout the day Friday.

Festival-goers can expect a different layout this year as the action takes to the streets due to the construction of an interactive water feature in Frisco Park.

For those who missed the Thursday evening entertainment of Caitlin Aldridge, Trent Harmon and Craig Wayne Boyd, season 7 winner of "The Voice," and the Friday acts like John Milstead and Blackbeard's Delight, there is plenty more to enjoy for the rest of the weekend. 

Saturday morning kicks off with the Railroad Festival 5K. Participants can register at the service station across from Frisco Park beginning at 7 a.m., and the race starts at 8.

Those who aren't into running can bring their little ones and a fishing pole for the fishing rodeo at 7:30 a.m. over at McAlpine Lake. Located at 8th Avenue N and McAlpine Drive, the rodeo is back and open to ages 15 and under.

The Cruisin' for St. Jude Car and Truck Show will be underway all day as well as the carnival, mini train rides and Frisco Marketplace, which chugs down Main Street and several side streets.

“The set up is great this year, and we are full. There are over 170 vendors and everything from soap to clothing to arts and crafts is here,” said Frisco Marketplace co-chair Julia Jackson.

Entertainment kicks off Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on the main stage at Frisco Park with acts like Joseph Baldwin, Legends of the Blues, Artwork, The Gents and Colors That End In Urple.

The second stage, known as the rock stage, boasts acts like Somatic Theory, Dirtbag Dusty, Rivkah, Seeking Seven and Killjay, to name a few.

Attendees can also stop by the "jungle" at the 1529 engine in the park and speak to the hobos who travel from all over the U.S. to celebrate the festival every year.

The festival continues Sunday with yummy eats at the food court beginning at noon. The carnival midway opens at 10 a.m. and will offer $15 armbands from noon until 4. The Frisco Marketplace will open at 8 a.m. and gospel music in Frisco Park will start at 12:30.

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