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Celebrate the era of the railroad on Sept. 8, at Spike and Rail Day in Metolius.

BILL VOLLMER PHOTO - The Crooked River Ranch mini-train will be at Metolius City Park during the Spike and Rail celebration.Celebrate the era of the railroad on Sept. 8, at Spike and Rail Day in Metolius.

The city of Metolius has organized a full day of fun, beginning with the Spike and Rail Day Parade at 11 a.m. Entry forms are available at the Metolius City Hall, and the parade is open to all comers. The parade lineup starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Metolius Elementary School. Call 541-546-5533 for more information.

Following the parade, there will be food, music and kids' games in Metolius City Park, according to City Councilor Patty Wyler.

"The city will be serving hot dogs, and there will also be vendors, including Rico's Tacos, El Salvadorian Pupusas, Kettle Corn, and the Veterans Powwow Committee with fry bread, SnoCones and drinks," she said. BestCare Prevention will also have an informational booth at the park.

The children's games, from 12-3 p.m., will have a fishing pond, ring toss, bean bag toss and there will be a dunk tank.

The historic Metolius Train Depot will also have attractions from 12-3 p.m., with showings of the city's centennial movie on the history of the depot, and self-guided tours.

From 3-5 p.m., there will be a live auction featuring many gift certificates, a meat smoker, hand tools, a sports watch, a fire pit and jewelry boxes made and donated by inmates at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution, and more.

In the evening, from 5-10 p.m., enjoy a free concert by the Countryfied Band, and there will also be a beer garden.

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