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Parade, live music, beer garden and auction are all a part of the event celebrating the town's railroad heritage.

PIONEER FILE PHOTO - Pioneer File PhotoThe biggest Metolius event of the year is just around the corner and it's sure to be a fun-filled day.

Spike and Rail, the long-running event celebrating the city's railroad heritage, kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, with a parade. The parade begins and ends at Metolius Elementary, running a route around the residential area of downtown, near the park and city hall.

Activities at the Metolius City Park will follow the parade, begining around noon, complete with food, vendors, community resources and children's activities.

From 12-4 p.m. the Patty Davis Band will be filling the park with music, before FunBobby takes over at 5 p.m., with a set lasting until 9 p.m.

In the hour between the two bands, an "old-fashioned" live auction will take place, where participants can bid on donated items that include things like tools, camping equipment, theme baskets and more. They will also be auctioning off some fire pits donated by the Deer Ridge Correctional Institution.

The event boasts multiple food vendors, as well as the city's hot dog stand. Kids 12 and under who attend Spike and Rail eat free at the city's booth.

There will also be many activities and games for kids to participate in, complete with prizes. The face painting booth is always a hit.

Community resource information makes up several of the booths, and other nonfood vendors will also be on hand. For those looking to wet their whistle, there will also be a beer garden in the park as well.

For a full and continuously updated list of auction items, or for more information on the event, visit cityofmetolius.org.


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