The Barrow County Chamber of Commerce along with Main Street Winder, the Barrow County Historical Society, the City of Winder and the Barrow County Sheriff’s Department will host an Armed Forces Day celebration and Train Day at the Winder Depot, 6 Porter Street, Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event is part of the National Historic Preservation month.
The free event will feature static displays, live entertainment, food, children’s activities as well as representatives from veteran’s groups and the armed forces.
Michelle Walker of the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce and the Barrow County Historical Society said the day-long event will feature activities for the whole family.
The Yargo Community Band Saxophone Choir will perform the national anthem at 10 a.m. to kick off the event. Winder mayor Chip Thompson is scheduled to provide opening remarks.
The Yargo Community concert band will also perform followed by the Army 116th band.
Walker said the live entertainment would be in the form of a USO show complete with an emcee and several singing groups.
In addition to the live performances, visitors will have the opportunity to view current and historical military equipment as well as displays of uniforms, vintage weapons and other memorabilia.
The event will also celebrate locomotives and the history of Barrow County. Former engineer Frank Brubaker will be on hand to explain how steam engines locomotives work and Jim Baughman will share his collection of train memorabilia. CSX will also present information on today’s trains.
The train depot, Gainesville Midland 208, the Caboose Museum and the Historical Society Museum will be open to visitors.