04/15/05 — De-Rail-A-Bration starts tonight

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De-Rail-A-Bration starts tonight

By Matt Shaw
Published in News on April 15, 2005 1:45 PM

De-Rail-A-Bration starts tonight

The people who tore up the Center Street railroad tracks decades ago reportedly had corn liquor to keep them warm. People attending the start of De-Rail-A-Bration might want to bring blankets.

Despite the chilly forecast, the show opens tonight. The annual festival will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. downtown with food vendors and amusement park rides.

The Malpass Family will heat things up from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with their performance of country, bluegrass and gospel tunes. Bring lawn chairs and, yes, blankets to Pedestrian Plaza at the corner of Chestnut and Center streets.

The weather should be considerably warmer for Saturday's activities.

Events will begin with the Greater Goldsboro Road Run, sponsored by the Sunrise Kiwanis Club. The 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer races begin at 8:30 a.m. There will also be a children's fun run at 9:30 a.m., and all participants will receive medallions.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the Slowpoke Race will include members of the Goldsboro City Council and Wayne County commissioners, along with other well-known faces, competing in a block-long foot race.

Events planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. include amusement park rides, carnival games, food and other vendors, police and fire tours, a train display by the Waynesborough Model Train Club, a petting zoo, space walk and a music stage.

The schedule for Saturday's entertainment is Shag Daddy's DJ, 10-11:30 a.m.; The Fun-Luvin' Steppers, 11:30 a.m.-noon; Katie McCloud, noon-12:30 p.m.; North Drive Percussion and Dance Ensemble, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Goldsboro Ballet, 1:30 -2:15 p.m.; and Billy and the Boys country band, 2:30-3:15 p.m.