Video: Thirty-Eighth Railroad Festival Features Music, Clothes, And Apple Fritters

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AMORY, MISS. (WCBI) – Barley Lindsey has been coming to the Amory Railroad Festival since she was four months old.

“I consider myself a Railroad Festival junkie. I absolutely love this time of year, I love for our town to be able to come together and celebrate, so the Railroad Festival is my favorite time of the year,” Lindsey said.

Lindsey is the chairman of the 38th annual Amory Railroad Festival. For the second year in a row, Main Street is closed to traffic, and there are vendors selling clothes, jewelry and other items.

Carrie Buse is a first time vendor.

“Because, it’s the Amory Railroad Festival. And Amory is the home of Trent Harmon. Have you heard of him?” Buse said.

Team Trent t shirts and banners are a common sight throughout the Railroad Festival, as the entire town celebrates the hometown boy who won the American Idol finale.

“Absolutely, the past couple of weeks, it’s been building up for Trent Harmon and American Idol and we just couldn’t be more excited,” said Krisi Boren, of Amory.

While musicians play on the main stage, near the train in Frisco Park, festival goers enjoy rides for all ages.

But perhaps the most popular attraction is the food. Fourteen churches have booths where you can buy polish sausage, chicken on a stick, choclate dipped cheesecake, and of course, apple fritters.

“Those apple fritters are great, they are homemade, and they are really good to eat,” said Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Willie Lockett.

Bethel Apostolic Church runs the apple fritter booth. Marge Hill came up with the world famous recipe 30 something years ago.

“It has apples and flour and flavoring and all the good things you put in them,” Hill said.

Money raised at the food booths helps the churches carry out their mission.

“We get to meet a lot of people, we get exposure , they see our name, Free Spirit Church and they get to eat good food,” said Pastor Willie Dale, of Free Spirit Church of West Point.

By the way, those apple fritters will be available at the upcoming Market Street Festival. For more information on the Amory Railroad Fest, go to


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