BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters will be holding its annual Spring Train show at the Ted Blum 4-H Center at 310 Milltown Road here on June 3 and June 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m both days. The first 20 children each day through the doors will receive a prize.
A boutique of vendors and crafters has been added to the annual Spring show for the first time. Bring your camera, as children’s author Frank McSorley, writer of The Adventures of Maggie May and Piccolo, Too! will be at the event on Saturday with his van, Maggie May. McSorley will gladly autograph his bookand guests can have pictures taken with Maggie May and Piccolo too!
Hunterdon author Carona Davis Diop will be at the Trainmasters event on both days, as this event is the launch of her book, The Opening.
A select group of other vendors and crafters will also be in attendance on both days, making up the boutique of about 20 vendors. There will also be vendors in the main train room selling train related items.
The Trainmasters’ 40-by-60-foot layout will be on display and continuously running throughout the event. Multiple trains will run across thousands of feet of track simultaneously through numerous scenery displays. The scenery represents a range of styles — each created by different members of the club.
The club has an expansive collection of O-scale trains, including Thomas the Tank Engine and The Polar Express, as well as rare and classic trains. There will be interactive play activities for younger children, as well as craft activities, and small animals to pet to keep siblings occupied. A varied selection of quality pre-owned train items will be for sale.
Operation Lifesaver New Jersey will be in attendance on both days with important safety information to remember when around trains and train tracks. New Jersey Transit will be on-hand on Sunday with information regarding its educational program.
Members of the 4-H Trainmasters range in age from fourth-graders to one year out of high school. The Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters Club currently has about 30 members from Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset, and Warren Counties. It was the first youth-led model railroad club in the state when it formed in 2000 with six kids.
The Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters also operate as the Metropolitan Division of the Train Collectors Association’s (METCA) Youth Division, METCA, a non-profit organization with a mission to develop an appreciation of and to preserve an important segment of history - Tinplate Toy Trains.
Concessions will be available for purchase each day of the show, from snacks to a full lunch. A seating area will be offered to enjoy some time off your feet. Admission to the event is $4 for adults, and $2 for children under 12 years of age. Children under two years of age are admitted free.
Proceeds from the annual Spring train show support the Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters’ College Fund and other club activities. Each year the Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters Club awards a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating Senior who is a member in good standing of any Somerset County 4-H club that will pursue a course of study in the field of Science.
For additional information, contact the Somerset County 4-H office at 908-526-6644. The Trainmasters club’s website also contains additional information.