Local Kids Meet Thomas the Train at Steam Engine Grounds

By KOLR10 News

Published 06/27 2014 09:02PM

Updated 06/27 2014 09:05PM

REPUBLIC, Mo. -- Thomas the Train was in Republic Friday morning.

Kids from across the Ozarks were invited to the Steam Engine Grounds Friday.

Organizers say, once a year children gather here for a read-a-thon.

They take a tour back in time with activities and tours.

They even lined up for a chance to ride a steam engine, Thomas the Train and a gas tractor.

"It kind of show the kids how grandpa used to make a living on the farm,” says Charlie Stark, with Ozark Steam Engine Association.

The event was for preschoolers up to kids age 5 and doubled as a kick-off for the Steam-O-Rama event, scheduled for 4-days in September.

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