Holiday Party Coming Together

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Article by Dave Kurtz | KPC News | October 11, 2018
WATERLOO — The town of Waterloo is planning a party to watch the Holiday Train when it passes through in late November.
The Canadian Pacific railroad’s brightly lighted train will roll through Waterloo late at night. The railroad is expected to release a date and timetable in mid-October.
Last year marked the second train-watching party in Waterloo. With 450 to 500 spectators, it far exceeded the first year’s crowd.
“In Waterloo, that’s really exciting,” Town Manager Tena Woenker said about last year’s gathering at the town’s historic railroad depot.
“This year, it’s going to be much more of an event,” Woenker promised.
The town is lining up vendors, artists and sponsors for train night, with a deadline of Monday to sign up.
Already, six vendors have committed to provide food and beverages — especially lots of cocoa and coffee. Last year, the town ran out of cocoa in 15 minutes, giving out 250 cups.
“We were making it ourselves,” Woenker said about the cocoa. “We couldn’t possibly keep up. We’re really happy to have professional people selllng the cocoa this year.”
Waterloo also is arranging activities for fans while they wait for the lighted train.
Attractions will include an arts booth and possibly a storyteller and appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Christmas caroling will feature students from the new Excelsior Arts Academy.
The town is hiring a trolley to carry people from parking spaces at New Hope church on South Wayne Street to the depot. Last year’s crowd demonstrated that the depot area does not have enough parking spaces, Woenker said. 

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