Train lovers of all ages can find something to enjoy in Nolanville, Texas this weekend.

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Not only is this year's Train Whistle Jamboree free, it will feature live music, food from area vendors, a mechanical bull, and games including axe-throwing.

Fox Trot 5k

Saturday’s festivities will begin with part of the CENTEX Race Series, the Fox Trot 5K. You can still register at runsignup.com or at Nolanville City Hall. There will be a free Gladiator competition between the race finish and awards presentation.

The race starts at 9 am at City Hall, and will wind around town before bringing the runners back to City Hall for the finish line. A 1K race starts at the same time.

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According to Texas Almanac, the railroad reached the community in the early 1880s. In 1883, the town changed its name to Nolanville.

Train Whistle Jamboree

The Train Whistle Jamboree began in 2013, stopping only twice, including once during the height of the pandemic. Usually the event has an average attendance of 600 to 700 people, but Nolanville Community Outreach Coordinator Jennifer Shidler says she expects this year’s Jamboree to have around 1,000 people, according to the Killeen Daily Herald. 15 community vendors, including 7 food trucks, will be at the event. Live music, family games, bounce houses, petting zoos, and face painting will also be available along with many other offerings.

The Train Whistle Jamboree is a free event and includes parkinga at no charge for the community. Space for parking will be available on the grassy area between Avenue G and the railroad in Nolanville.

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