Despite some scattered rain showers people made their way to Russell on Saturday for lots of fun during the Railroad Days weekend celebration.
The festival is a two-day event that starts on Friday and concludes Saturday night. The festival offers a series of activities for guests to participate in. Saturday the festival kicked off the day with the Railroad Days Cruise In Car Show at 10 a.m. and was scheduled to conclude with Hale and High Water at 9 p.m.
“It (Railroad Days) has been so much fun,” said Rhonda Gannon, a volunteer from Life Song Church. “It has been great watching the kids participate. They have been very patient with it all and jumped right in once they got the opportunity to do it.”
Several businesses also came out to celebrate Railroad Days this year.
“This is a way for the community to come together and show everyone there is a downtown Russell and there is stuff to do and people to see here,” said Kimberly Harbison, owner of Porky’s Washups located in downtown Russell.
Harbison decided to set up a booth this year at Railroad Days as soon as she heard the event was happening. She sold her homemade soaps made with goat milk. She has been attending the festival for as long as she can remember, so participating is very important to her.
“Thirty years ago if you would have came to Railroad Days it would have started at the underpass and gone all the way around to where the old bridge was,” said Harbison.
She said she can see the festival coming back, but she hopes that it can get bigger.
Vicki Johnson of Ashland came out to Railroad Days to support her daughter who had a booth selling tye dye shirts.
“This is great for a small community,” said Johnson. “I hope they can build it up to be bigger.”
Others enjoy the small crowd, believing it is a better experience.
“I like that it’s not too huge and overbearing,” said Alina Morris of Flatwoods.
Her friend, Ashley Waddle of Huntington, said the two of them have children, so this would be a good festival to bring them to.