22nd Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival & 4th Annual Battle of the Artist


Contributing Writers: Melianty Yularnis | Images: CCN-

Saturday, June 4th presented itself to be a bright day in gathering people and families downtown in Manassas. Stands were held up featuring games and food but you couldn’t resist going to the Pavilion. The Harris Pavilion showcased models of railways all over our Northern Virginia Community.  It held a magnificent factor by running on its own, some even released real steam.

Across the Pavilion on the same street, the event had kicked off with dancing from community studios leading off later to Wildlife Ambassadors, bringing in a crowd of children. They taught them about respecting wildlife and our environment including ambassadors of Lincoln the snapping turtle and Sarah, an Indonesian parrot. Afterwards the Bull Run Cloggers and Magnificent Belly Dance performed.

During the event, people could purchase a ticket to ride on the train to Clifton and back with the popular Anna and Elsa. A few stands sold Hershey kisses to give people a chance to win a seat for a tea party with the princesses. Whenever you were thirsty, you could find someone from Chapel Springs Church with a cooler handing out refreshing water to anyone.

Besides the Railway Festival, on Battle Street, p-ART-ners gave an opportunity for artist to compete against each other with a chalk art creation. Participants filled the street with beautiful pieces of art that brighten up the area. An area was enclosed for free chalk art and was bursting with samples of different writing and art.

On this perfect day, it was a great to spend time with loved ones, make memories, learn new things, share the love of trains, and enjoy the great things of Manassas.


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