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10A Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 Feather River Bulletin Benny, Penny and Dude provide music for railroaders at the annual Railroad Days. Photo by Austin Hagwood nl Portola City Park during the 32nd il Austin Hagwood undying love for my bought a booth and did Staff Writer community," said Oels. business in both locations. Austin.G.Hagwood. l@nd.edu "Portola is awesome. People "Not only did they do well who couldn't afford to buy a in the park, they referred The 32nd annual Portola ticket were emptying change people back to their location," Railroad Days featured out of their pockets." Ryan said. "Another vendor gunfighters galore, driving Ryan said she estimated gained new customers in local rock music and trains 1,500 - 2,000 people attended people who learned they whizzing down the the event, a significant could buy from him online. tree-columned Canyon. increase over last year'sHe already wants to return But for organizer Patricia numbers. She attributed next year." Ryan, the jam-packed higher numbers to Railroad In addition to a resurgence weekend of Aug. 8 - 10 Days' focus on free events and of local pride, Railroad Days brought more than dunk fun activities for people from also stimulated the local tanks and benefits for the city 1 to 100 years old.Rail economy. Many merchants of Portola. fans turned out in force this and vendors ran special It also delivered a revival of year as the historic California discounts of up to 50 percent community spirit. Zephyr train sped up the over the weekend. "People seemed so happy to Feather River Canyon and "I bought Christmas be there," Ryan said. "One into Portola for what might presents from five different vendor told me it was the best have been ttie last time.vendors there," Ryan said. "It venue they'd been to all Railroaders from Plumas gives you a happy feeling to summer because the County and beyond enjoyedsee so many people enjoying community spirit here was so spectacular views on rides themselves." evident." ranging from Keddie to Railroad Days also Ryan noted that seeing the "Sacramento. maintained its commitment city park full of booths and Ryan said he hopes the to philanthropy. A dunk tank activities -- including a train can become a regular benefited the Portola High bounce house -- contributed fixture at Railroad Days School weight room, the to the renewed energy and every three years. After the Graeagle Lions Club and optimism visitors shared, event's near-extinction Eastern Plumas Chamber of Vendor participation also several years ago, she hopes Commerce ran beverage doubled from last year's to make next year's booths, and the Lucky Duck event, celebration bigger than ever. Race raised money for Portola Speaking at the Portola "The city said we can addPre-School. Runners and City Council meeting Aug. 13, even more vendors to the ballplayers combined in the Council Member Bill Powers park," she said. "It's really Willie Tate Memorial Run called Railroad Days "a fun the signature event that pulls and the co-ed softball success" and praised the city the community together and tournament to benefit Portola for the increase in volunteers where everyone gets involved." High School's memorial making the weekend possible. Addressing concerns of scholarship and softball team. Mayor Phil Oels reported bringing more attention to Ryan also sent out a special the city's swing-set Commercial Street, Ryan said thanks to Pete Rhode for fundraiser, benefitting the she plans to establish providing and sound Portola Family Resource activities or displays on the services over the weekend. Water Fund, raised $1,450 for corners of Commercial to "We couldn't do it without families in need. channel more business into him," she said. "It was another the area in addition to the To help with next year's heart-warmer. I'd like to give shuttle that ran this year. She Railroad Days or serve on the deep thanks and express an also praised one vendor who committee, call 836-6811. Carnival atmosphere Everyone loves a carnival, and the Plumas-Sierra County Fair did not disappoint. Carnival rider~ enjoyed exciting rides such as the Zipper and Dragon from Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 14- 17j and gamers tried their luck at a variety of booths testing their skills. Photo by Laura Beaton :I A visit from Snowshoe ,) "Snowshoe Thompson" (Steve Hale) regales the crowd with tales of the gold-hungry West during Plumas-Eureka State Park's ',Dinner at the Park" event Aug. 7. Snowshoe's return to life benefited the park's outreach and resource expansion efforts. 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