FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The 32nd Annual train show and swap meet planned for this weekend in Lena, Illinois has been cancelled. Organizers of the event made the decision stating it is much easier to be safe, than sorry.
The event is a chance to see 30,000 square-feet of operating displays, railroad memorabilia and model railroad merchandise. Three gymnasiums transform into a locomotive attraction definitely worth seeing, just sadly, not this year.
“We’ve made the decision to cancel our 32nd Annual Depot Stove Gang Model Railroad Show and Swap Meet”, Roger Schamberger said. “I’ve had conversations with Stephenson County Health Department Officials and it’s much easier to be safe than sorry. We have vendors coming from five states and visitors from typically four states. The Health Department reports that a person can be feeling fine and be a carrier for up to seven days and exposure in that time can be tremendous. We placed 900 posters in 71 area communities and Press Releases to 127 newspapers. We want to let everyone know as fast as we can.”
The 32nd Annual event was planned for Saturday March 14, 2020 10am – 4 pm, and Sunday March 15th 10am-4pm. The event was to be held at 401 Fremont Street in Lena.