The residents of Nolanville gathered for the fourth annual Train Whistle Jamboree on Saturday at the Church of Christ Campgrounds on Old Nolanville Road.
The event featured exhibits, activities for children, 16 vendors selling everything from food to jewelry, family-friendly music provided by the deejay from The Pit Stop Bar and Grill during the day and a live band on stage in the evening.
The day ended with a fireworks display provided by Monster Fireworks.
A Polynesian dance group also provided entertainment.
Nolanville City Manager Kara Escajeda said, “I was really glad to see our nonprofit organizations at the jamboree such as the Disabled American Veterans, First United Methodist Church and others. Getting them involved made a big difference. I was happy about the day and it gets better every year.”
The most popular activity for the youth was the four large inflatables set up for the event. One was an obstacle course and the other an Amazon Zip Line.
Chris Pina described the zip line as a “good, fun rush.”
“The kids get up and say it’s scary the first time then they go right back up and try it over and over again,” Pina said.
The police and fire departments made their presence known with the equipment displays and several personnel who were on hand.
Nolanville Police Chief Gary Kent said, “We’re showcasing our vehicles and officers, helping with traffic control and making sure everyone is safe and having a good time.
Fire Chief Jason Worsbale had put together a large display of the engines that occupy the firehouse. “We’ve got a lot of our equipment and personnel at the jamboree today but the city can rest assured that we can respond to any fire emergency that might happen while we’re here,”Worsbale said.
James Prpich, representing the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 22 in Nolanville, said that their group helps veterans with their disability claims and provides other support.
A large selection of food from nachos to hot dogs was available at their booth.
The Economic Development Board teamed up with the city manager’s office this year to plan and run the jamboree.
Colleen Smith, president of the ECB said, “We’ve been pleased to be so involved in the jamboree.
Our board members and volunteers have worked hard to promote the idea that Nolanville is a great place to live and run a business.
Gone are the days of the speed trap mentality. We are a great town with a lot to offer and we’re friendly, too,” Smith said.
Escajeda said Smith and her group had done a majority of the work in setting up the campground for the jamboree.