With the Pumpkin Express train and bash set for the weekend of October 19 - 21, Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway volunteers are laying the groundwork for a successful event in Dresser.
Andrew Tighe, a car host, reported that the event drew about 5,000 visitors last year. This year event coordinators are working with the Guild of Metalsmiths to bring blacksmithing demonstrations to the celebration.
“We’re pulling out all the stops,” Tighe said. “[…] We have two forges at the [Jackson Street] Roundhouse in St. Paul now. The kids are fascinated by that, so we figured we’d bring it up here and do a little show up here too.”
After boarding the Pumpkin Express at the Osceola Depot riders travel to Dresser, where pumpkins, games and food wait. They can return on any Osceola-bound train. Costumes are welcome on the train and at the event, but riders are advised to dress for the weather.
In preparation for the event, the Dresser Village Board gave the OK for the village’s public works crew to lend a hand unloading pumpkins, and for the use of tables, chairs and orange cones.
Fall is a popular season for the Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway, which delayed the start of its season this year but has expanded the number of fall rides.