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Avondale to Host the ‘A Train’ Railroad Show on January 20, 2013  

Michigan’s Largest Model Train Show Attracts Families and Hobbyists with Nearly 400 Tables of Trains, Five Operating Layouts and Train Rides and Activities for the Kids 

Proceeds Benefit the Avondale Education Foundation 

Avondale School District, an achievement-oriented learning community focused on student leadership and success in academics, the arts and athletics, announces the district will host the “A Train” Show on Sunday, January 20, 2013. The event, which attracted over 2,700 adults and 1,000 children in 2012, is the largest model train show in the state by attendance and boasts nearly 400 tables of trains. Admission is $3 per person; children 12 and under are free.

 Frank Lams, Avondale’s Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services and a train hobbyist himself, has coordinated the “A Train” since its inception. According to Lams, new activities have been added this year, including train rides for the kids by Dan Dan the Choo Choo Man and a presentation of the feature movie, “Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends™ Blue Mountain Mystery” in the high school’s auditorium.  He maintains the ‘A Train’ is one of the best entertainment values in town for families.

“This event continues to be the biggest and best model railroad show in the state,” Lams asserts.  “We offer a number of family oriented activities including contests, door prizes and a full length movie for one low price.  Come on over and enjoy a great day without spending a lot.  And, any money you do spend on admission and refreshments goes towards a great cause, the Avondale Education Foundation,” Lams adds.

The Avondale Education Foundation’s (AEF) mission is to support student development, promote excellence through creative teaching, and foster community and school partnerships by securing and allocating financial and other resources to create or expand education related enrichment projects and programs offered through the Avondale School District. Tom DelPup, President of the Avondale Education Foundation, says the “A Train” show raised $11,320 for AEF in 2012 and will serve as the Foundation’s primary fundraising initiative for 2013 as well.

“We welcome creative activities such as the “A Train” which bring families together and also raise awareness and funding for the Avondale Education Foundation. AEF’s  role in enhancing educational opportunities for our students continues as traditional education funding decreases,” explains DelPup.

Details of Michigan’s Largest “A Train” Railroad Show – Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • What:  ‘A Train’ Show featuring more than 385 tables filled with model railroad and related railroad memorabilia; proceeds to benefit the Avondale Education Foundation
  • When: 10:00am to 3:00pm
  • Where: Avondale High School, 2800 Waukegan, Auburn Hills 48326
  • Cost: $3 for adults; kids 12 and under are free
  • Parking: Available on site at Avondale High School; new this year, shuttle rides will also be available from two locations: the Boys and Girls Club of Auburn Hills on Squirrel and Waukegan and in the Auburn Hills municipal lot on the NW corner of Squirrel and Auburn in Downtown Auburn Hills
  • Feature Movie – 1 pm: “Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends™ Blue Mountain Mystery” shown in Avondale High School Auditorium; run time is 62 minutes.
  • Questions: Contact Frank Lams at 248.537.6008 or Tim Pagel at 248.589.9028; or visit http://www.avondale.k12.mi.us

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