Community Event, South County

Dunsmuir’s Railroad Days 2024

Through the years, Dunsmuir’s Railroad Days  has been called other names like Canyon Days, or River Daze, but through the years, it has come back to its original title celebrating the town’s main attraction which it was built upon. 

Over the weekend of June 7th, 8th, and 9th, the streets were filled with people enjoying the variety of events, contests, Kids’ Zone play area, tours, contests and food and craft booths, along with music and dancing in the downtown area. 

According to Sandra Hood, the Railroad Days’ director and coordinator, this event has skipped a few years during WWII, Vietnam war, and Covid, but it has been going on for about 81 years. It was started by Southern Pacific Railroad employees for their families and has elevated through the years. 

Mission Blue Band

Live music and dancing started on Friday evening. The parade that featured 25 different organizations that was led by the American Legion Post 92 Color Guard, was held on Saturday down Dunsmuir Ave.   

Kalia Kaili sang the National Anthem at the Judge’s booth.
Kaili with Alan Clother, board member of Siskiyou Arts Museum and Dunsmuir Parks and Recreation Administrator Mike Rodriguez showing off this year’s Railroad Days T-shirts) at the start of the parade. 

People cheered on the parade as children dashed for the candy that was tossed by the parade participants.

This year’s Grand Marshal was Pat O’Conner being driven by Dunsmuir’s favorite lawyer David Hicks in his 1999 Porsche’ Boxster followed by Dunsmuir’s Mayor Michael Clarno in Blaze Barns’ 2002 Porsche’ Boxster.

Sheriff LaRue waved at the crowds along with the many different local emergency personnel that followed.

Others in the parade included RR Days Scholarship winner; Abagel Pawel being driven by Mandy Leahy, Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear with the Forest Service, all the Little Engineers that participated in the Little Engineer Contest.

A popular event is the cornhole contest.
Cheryl Petty and Angel Gomas with Friends of Tauhindauli Park held an informative booth educating people on not only Dunsmuir historic park, but also about the Dunsmuir City Council.

To find out who applied to run for the open City Council positions this year, call the county clerk’s office. 

For the Little Engineer Contest, Sandra Hood interviews the contestants all dressed up in conductor uniforms and has them either sing a song, tell a joke or story and answer questions (or have the family answer if the children are too young) about train safety.

This year’s winners are Levi Lopez, Logan Olson, Jadaya Robinson and Draco Pistorius.
Logan Olson has competed and placed for the last three years: this year making it his fourth win at age 5.
Every child in the Pistorius family, 19-year-old Desean, 15-year-old Davion, 11-year-old Dathan, 6-year-old Jadya Robinson, and 1-year-old Draco, has won in the Little Engineer Contest. 
Ayesha’s Oasis Dance Company

Of the many performances on the stage by the City Hall, including the Ayesha’s Oasis Dance Company, there were 12 different musical performers.

The Railroad Days committee would like to thank their sponsors: 

Friends of Taulindauli Park, Clemens Waste, Dunsmuir Hardware, Dunsmuir Supermarket, Manfredi’s Food & Gas Depot, Mechanics Bank, PACE Engineering, Patrick K Olson Construction, Railroad Park Resort, All Trade Services, Benson & Sons Roofing, Blue Sky Ramblers, Burger Barn, DUnsmuir Railroad Depot Historic Society, Dunsmuir Tire Service, Endemic Environmental Services, Friends of Unexpected Treasures, Gary’s Pizza Factory, Gold Room/The Flamingo, Harley’s Antiques, J. Pintarelli, Longhair Collision Works, LP Designs, Point S/Mt Shasta, The McClendon Family, Meyers & Sons Plumbing, Mt. Shasta Pharmacy, Ted Fay Fly Shop, Timber Gulch Construction, The Valenzuela Family, with a special thanks to the City of Dunsmuir, Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce, Dunsmuir Library, Dunsmuir Park & Recreation, and Dunsmuir Public Works. 

For information on this event, call (530) 515-8005 or email [email protected]

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  1. can you tell me the dates of Railroad Days 2025 please

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