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Chadwick Railroad Days brings together old friends

A parade, kids' games, bands, barbecue, auction, raffle and silent auction made up the 24th annual Chadwick Railroad Days June 3. The event is held each year on the First Saturday in June.

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Posted: Wednesday, June 7, 2006 12:00 am | Updated: 2:30 pm, Thu Sep 16, 2010.

Organizers included Huba Rozell, Aveline Harris, Mary Jo Burkhart, Judy Hicks, Wanda Gideon, Marie Day and many others. Residents Larry Holt, John Bilyeu, Maurice Harris, Gene Applegate and others smoked the hams, while the ladies of the Chadwick Friendship Club cooked the other goodies.

"Everybody kind of chipped in," Day said.

And the day was full of visitors. Chadwick residents, as well as people from neighboring towns including Sparta and Bruner, spent the day visiting and catching up on news.

"I think people see it important to get together once in a while and preserve history," Day said.

The first Railroad Days was held in 1983. Organizers had printed and sold a book about Chadwick to raise money to build the Chadwick community building. A second book was sold in 1986 and proceeds were used to purchase the old post office in town, which was turned into a museum. Now, each year's funds are used for the upkeep of the building and to make improvements to the Chadwick Museum. Day said they expected to raise about $1,000 this year.

"Each year more people see what we are doing and get involved," Day said.

Plenty of youngsters came out to take part in the kids' games, which included turtle races, bubble gum blowing contest, a pet show and hoop games. Ribbons were given to the winners. Second grader Kayla Loveland got second place in the turtle races and third in bubble gum blowing. First grader Baylee Bilyeu won first prize in turtle races, but her favorite activity was the dunking booth.

"I love it because I got to dunk someone," she said.

Railroad Days also consisted of music from local bands, alumni recognition and veteran's recognition. World War II veteran Don McCarty, Bruner, read about the recognition in the paper and thought it was a very nice gesture. He likes visiting Chadwick, where his grandchildren attend school.

"It's nice and friendly," McCarty's wife, Betty, said.

Also attending Railroad Days were many county residents campaigning for office. County auditor Sam Yarnell said it was nice to see such a close-knit community.

"It's like all of Christian County was 25 years ago," she said.

Rep. Ray Weter attended and has a history connected to Chadwick. His grandfather had the first livery stable in Chadwick, as well as a blacksmith shop.

Sparta resident Pletcher Rogers said he attended Railroad Days to socialize and see old friends, but he appreciated the candidates for office coming out, as well.

"I enjoy meeting all the candidates that run for office so I can be better qualified to vote," he said.

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