WILLITS, CA 8/28/18 — The Roots of Motive Power is holding their 40th annual festival Saturday and Sunday Sep. 8 and 9 in Willits. The event includes fun for the whole family with historic train rides, live music, a BBQ, a raffle, and the possibility of a train robbery. On Sunday there will be an antique machine show, and steam roller printing.
Here are the details:
This year we expect the Roots of Motive Power Festival will be our best event ever. The weekend AFTER Labor Day, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8th and 9th, whistles will be tooting and bells ringing as Roots steams up for the 40th year in a row. Historic train rides and old logging equipment demonstrations will be going on throughout the Festival featuring: steam locomotives, a steam shovel, steam rollers, stationary engines, and tractors. During the Festival, watch out for the famous bandit Black Bart. Black Bart and his gang have been at it again, robbing trains in our area.
On Saturday, Sept. 8th our Annual Appreciation Barbecue begins at 4 p.m. we will be having locally raised pork, lamb and beef ($15 adults/$6 kids) Live music, a silent auction and raffle will fill the afternoon with cheers. And don’t miss the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association, our guests in Recreation Grove Park along with the Shifters Classic Car Club.
Then on Sunday, the antique machine show continues with the addition of Steam Roller Street Printing. Our 1924 Buffalo Springfield Steam Roller will be making linoleum prints with the help of talented artists from around the state. You can try your hand at print-making and say you did it with an antique steam roller!
All in all, it’s a unique show you won’t want to miss! Save the date: Sept. 8/9, 2018 for the Roots of Motive Power Festival. Directions: Take Willits Main Street and turn on East Commercial Street – you’ll find Roots at 420 East Commercial St. Willits, CA.