Nothing entertains and captures the spirit of fun quite like a turtle race.

Eastern Christian County residents converged in Chadwick for the 36th edition of a celebration that featured live music, barbecue, a dunk tank, handmade crafts, a parade full of classic cars and some turtle racing.

It also wouldn’t be Railroad Day without a visit through the history of Chadwick.

Chadwick residents held the first Railroad Day celebration in 1983 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the town.

Chadwick was founded when the Springfield and Southern Railway Company created a spur off its White River Branch line to what we now know as Chadwick. The town was named for a railroad engineer, John F. Chadwick. The town boomed as people made money logging lumber and making railroad ties.

John F. Chadwick later died from allegedly being kicked in the head by a mule.

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