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Plant City planning celebration with railroad theme

PLANT CITY Bands, entertainment and more will be part of a Feb. 7-8 celebration of the recent railroad-related improvements to downtown.

Details for Railfest are still being worked out, but tentative plans call for a railroad themed movie to be shown in the old train depot parking lot from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 7. Free ice cream and popcorn will be served.

Festivities on Feb. 8 will likely run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and include a dedication ceremony, bands and children’s games, city special events manager Deanna Hurley said.

Recent improvements and additions at and near the old depot at 102 N. Palmer St. include a train viewing platform and a caboose and engine placed on permanent display. The train engine and caboose were donated by retired engineer R.W. “Bob” Willaford, who also gave the city a collection of railroad memorabilia that’s on display inside the depot. The depot building has been renamed in Willaford’s honor.

Railfest will become an annual event, Hurley said.

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