The Great Train Expo

Some local news that could be a hit anywhere…………

                  Down The Road with the Original Buffalo Dale

Welcome back.  The Tulsa fairgrounds were hopping last Saturday with a big gun show, the weekly Saturday flea market, a couple of livestock shows and what was billed as “The Great Train Expo”. The line was 150 deep at the entrance to get into the gun show most of the day and once I got inside it seemed every dealer was busy, buying and selling every kind of firearm you can imagine. Because I was on a tight schedule, I only had time to make a quick pass and then it was on to the flea market but it definitely rates another visit. There are horse and cattle events in the livestock barns every weekend and I also come away with a great positive feeling after watching kids with their animals.

All of this was very interesting, but the real purpose of my visit was simple. I was looking to buy a model railroad cattle car and some miniature Black Angus cattle to fill it up as a gift for a friend. My friend’s hobby is model trains and the Great Train Expo seemed like the perfect place to find what I was looking for.

The Expo is the largest touring model train show in the country and had over 150 vendors displaying toy and model trains. There were elaborate train sets where the trains would pass through miniature cities and mountain villages complete with bridges and streetlights. There were sound effects and even smoke in many of the displays and I was amazed at the level of detail and the effort that went into building them. I am also happy to say that I found exactly the type of car I wanted and it even loads and unloads the cattle from an attached pen. This was a very fun event that I would recommend for next year and I suggest taking a kid along.

I have some more details about Youth & Family Services’ annual Celebrity Sing which will be held on March 28th at the Bartlesville Community Center. The confirmed “celebrity” singers include Maria Swindell-Gus, Brian Lawrence, Claudia McCurry, Travis Whitaker, Larri Lindsay, Lona Ware, Rachelle Wilson with a group from ARVEST Bank, Robert McGuire, Jon Hargis, and Celeste Drowatzky. Tickets are $40 per person and include drinks and hors d’ouvres. From what I hear, they will be having a great spread with food from many different local eateries. Don’t miss the opportunity to support this great organization which helps over 600 children and families every year. For more information call (918) 335-1111 or stop by their offices at 2200 SE Washington Boulevard.

I also want to remind you once again about the big Beatles show on March 29th. Also at the Bartlesville Community Center, the concert is a benefit for the Washington County SPCA and tickets are available at the Community Center box office.

Elder Care’s big party, The Big, The Bad and The Barbeque is coming up on May 10th and I understand that they will be announcing some great auction items, including one that involves a private jet. The party is held at the historic Mullendore Cross Bell Ranch and just keeps getting bigger and better every year.

Spring in Oklahoma is always a good time to get out and enjoy a great event, a day trip to Woolaroc or maybe a drive to Tulsa or Oklahoma City, reminding us of all the great resources we have nearby. It is also a good time for a longer trip which I will soon be taking. Hopefully, I will be able to convey all the beautiful sights and experiences I encounter along the way. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more travels.

Till next time I’ll see ya down the road…………………..







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