Like Al Zollers’ love of trains, the annual Hatboro Model Train Show has grown over the years.
“It’s bigger this year,” said Zollers, a lifelong train enthusiast and organizer for the seventh annual event, which takes place Saturday. “We have more displays and bigger displays … We have more vendors this year than we’ve ever had.”
In all, Zollers said 47 vendors – who purchased space at more than 100 tables – will be exhibiting and selling their train-related wares. The space at Keith Valley Middle School has grown from the cafeteria to include the gymnasium as well, Zollers said.
“We expect everything to be bigger this year,” he said of the event, which drew more than 500 people last year.
Hatboro’s WRDV FM 89.3 will be broadcasting live from the event and Ronald McDonald will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to meet kids.
Proceeds from the show benefit the Main Street Hatboro program. To date, more than $24,000 has been raised to support, improve and promote the borough’s downtown shopping district. Previous train show funds were used to purchase flower pots to hang along York Road.
Zollers said the committee has not determined how this year’s funds will be used.
“We contribute to Main Street Hatboro and they use it as they see fit,” Zollers said. “Whatever they need it for to further their projects.”
Best of all, Zollers said the train show is a great family event for young and old alike.
“It’s a good way to start off the holiday,” he said. “Everybody loves trains.”
If you go
Main Street Hatboro’s seventh annual Model Train Show will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Keith Valley Middle School, 227 Meetinghouse Road in Horsham. Click here for more information as noted on Patch’s events calendar.