After a one-year hiatus, the Historic Appomattox Railroad Festival is back in town. The annual festival that began nearly 50 years ago was canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic but returns this weekend with many familiar attractions and several new features.
This year’s Railroad Festival is dedicated to the late Dr. Paul Harvey, a former mayor of Appomattox, a practicing dentist and president of the Railroad Festival Committee. Harvey died in October 2020 as a member of the Appomattox Town Council.
In Harvey’s honor, the Railroad Festival will commence Friday, Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m. with a Paul Harvey Dedication at Courtland Festival Park on Court Street. A bench at the park also will be dedicated to his memory. He had played a major role in the development of the park during his 12-year tenure as mayor that ended when he decided not to run for re-election in 2020.
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