May 2, 2014
Hobo Day Celebration Memorial Day Weekend – Saturday May 24
BUCYRUS—The T&OC Train Station located at 700 E. Rensselaer St., Bucyrus, Ohio, is back in the entertainment business. Hobo Day, a Peddlers Market will be located at the station Saturday May 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Bucyrus Preservation Society hosts the market each year on Saturday during Memorial Day weekend.
Featured attractions at this year’s event include, Auntie Darla, a reader of children’s books. She will be reading a new book, Someday I’ll Ride a Train, written by her cousin, Erma Kummerer from Fostoria. Written at Auntie Darla’s request, the book is a children’s adventure about riding a train. Ms. Kummerer’s book will be available for purchase along with the author’s signature. Erma Kummerer’s daughter will also attend hobo Day to offer children’s face painting.
“Great activities are planned for Hobo Day. There will be crafters featuring toys, yard art, hand sewn items and jewelry along with vendors of flowers, plants and more. Watkins and Scentsy products will be available. Fred Welge will display his collection of old railroad memorabilia and conductor badges. There will also be real hobos to welcome the many visitors. Come prepared for a variety of food, including hot sandwiches, kettle corn and snacks or tantalizing ice cream at this year’s Hobo Day. Rob Neff has arranged for a variety of entertainment,” reported Karen Scott, Chairperson of Hobo Day.
The Bucyrus Preservation Society will once again be offering their “memorial brick” program. This program provides an opportunity for friends of the Preservation Society to purchase a brick to honor a family member or friend who has had railroad experience. They may also put the family name at a National Historic site. A member Society member will be available to assist with orders. In addition, the Lincoln Highway Association and The Friends of the Big Four Depot of Galion will be present with information about their current preservation work.
Over the years the Preservation Society has salvaged wood and other items from buildings that have been razed. Through skillful craftsmanship, these items have been incorporated in the historical preservation of the stations and grounds. Docents will be on hand to share the great
improvements that have occurred along with plans for future additions. The Preservation Society welcomes stories, photos and memorabilia from the community about the T&OC Station. “If you have a passion for history or preservation, we welcome interested community members to become involved in the Preservation Society either through a membership or as a volunteer,” Karen said.
Hobo Day is free of charge. The surrounding community is cordially invited to attend this Memorial Day weekend event. The Boy Scout Troop 101, sponsored by the K of C, will be parking cars. The Plymouth Street Station will also be open to the public. It holds the gift shop that train enthusiasts can find specialty items related to the railroad. If you are an interested vendor desiring additional information, contact Karen Scott, Hobo Day Chairperson, at 419-562-1110.
Submitted by Karen Scott, Chairperson, Hobo Day Committee, Ph: 419-562-1110