BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters will be hold their annual Winter Train show at the Ted Blum 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road, this weekend from 10 am-5 pm both days.
The first 20 children through the doors each day will receive a prize. Over 60 vendors and crafters are registered to be a part of the two-day event selling a variety of items for the whole family.
Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters Club currently has over 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 members.
Proceeds from the annual winter 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.
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, from traditional landscapes and buildings, to designs incorporating robotics, even scenery made of LEGO blocks and MINECRAFT.
The club has an expansive collection of O-scale trains, including "Thomas the Tank Engine" and "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. Also, a varied selection of quality pre-owned train items will be for sale.
METCA, the Metropolitan Division of the Train Collectors Association is returning after their first appearance at the 2016 Spring Show to continue to expand their youth division to promote and keep the hobby alive. METCA is made up from 20 counties in three states, NJ, NY, and CT, building friendships through collecting and operating model trains.
Free METCA youth memberships will be available at the winter show. Operation Lifesaver New Jersey will also be in attendance with important safety information to remember when around trains and railroads.
Food and refreshments will be available.
Additional information is available online at facebook.com/events/1705518786432420. The Trainmasters club’s website, www.trainmasters.sc4-h.org, also contains additional information, especially in the event of inclement weather. For additional information, please contact the Somerset County 4-H office at 908-526-6644.