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Whoot! Lula's Railroad Days return for 35th year
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Railroad Days

When: 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday
Where: Railroad Park, 6055 Main St., Lula
How much: Free

Railroad Days radio theater
Celebrations: Arts Alive’s dramatization of the Jessie James gang train robbery in Northeast Georgia
When: 8 a.m. Saturday
Where: 89.1 FM

When: Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Railroad Park, 6055 Main St., Lula
How much: Free

Railroad ridership may have decreased over the years, but the railroad is still a pretty big deal in the city of Lula.

The city is gearing up for its 35th annual Railroad Days Festival, which officially begins with a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday.

“It’s the largest parade in Hall County every year,” said Dennis Bergin, Lula city manager.

“This year’s parade will probably be about an hour and a half long.”

The day-long festival of activities will be held at the Railroad Park, which is a historic train yard, Bergin says.

There will be a pre-festival concert from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. It will feature the Steve Dyer Band. Throughout the day Saturday, there will be musical performances by Tallulah Falls Bluegrass, Steve Brannon and Georgia Rose. Nashville’s Todd Andrews Band will be a special guest.

“This is Americana at its best. You just don’t find events like this anymore,” Bergin said.

“It’s amazing to see the number of people that come out every year. Perhaps best of all, it’s all free.”

The festival will include a host of food and craft vendors.