Railfest adds entertainment to fun-filled train festival

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Tables with wooden railroad train displays are located in City Hall.

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Tables with wooden railroad train displays are located in City Hall.



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Two entertainment groups have been added to Railfest during its Sept. 30 celebration of Greer’s railroad roots at Greer City Park.

The Norfolk Southern Lawmen and “Cannonball” Paul will entertain guests with musical tales of famous trains and riding the rails during the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. event.

Railroad policemen founded the NS Lawmen and are full-time professional musicians employed to perform about 200 appearances a year. They have appeared on national television, at The Grand Ole Opry and on-stage with some of country’s stars.

The lineup is Houston (Rex) Blancett (Nashville, Tenn.), Dale Henson, (Jerseyville, Ill.), Blake Houston (Myrtle Beach), Freddie James (Waynesville, N.C.) and Bobby Napier (El Paso, Texas).

“Cannonball”, based in Minneapolis, Minn., performs an old-fashioned railroad-themed show with jokes, sing-a-longs and audience participation. He has performed all over the world at major music festivals, state fairs, theme parks and special events and has appeared on television and radio. 


• Sept. 30, 10 a.m.­ – 2 p.m.

• Promote rail safety, teach history of railways around Greer.

• Wooden trains on play tables inside City Hall, themed inflatables, crafts and miniature train rides in the park.

• CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads staff fun and information booths.

• Food for purchase at the Gravy Train Food Wagon.

• Admission: Free.



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