The temperature was 2 below, but there was an ample crowd to greet the 2013 CP Rail Holiday Train Sunday night, Dec. 15.
Tracey Brown, Willy Porter, and The Claytones performed a number of Christmas numbers as Santa worked the crowd.
A spokesman for Canadian Pacific Railroad presented the Kimball Area Food Shelf with a check for $4,500, accepted by mayor Tammy Konz and Jennifer Schiefelbein.
This is the 15th year of the Holiday Train. CP Rail has donated more than $7 million during the past 15 years. This year it will donate $1 million to food shelves along the train route.
Railroad employees contribute to the program, and volunteer hours to work on the train during the nearly four-week journey.
Santa also is a volunteer, naturally.
The night before, Cheryl Crow appeared on the same Holiday Train at the Cottage Grove stop, with about 15,000 people gathered in the bitter cold.
Thank you, Canadian Pacific!
It was minus 2 degrees Sunday night in Kimball, but that didn’t stop about 200 people from coming out to enjoy the Canadian Pacific Railroad Holiday Train. Santa mingled among the crowd during the show, and everyone had a fun – and cold – time. Canadian Pacific awarded the Kimball Food Shelf a check for $4,500. This year CP Rail will donate $1 million to food shelves along the Holiday Train routes. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.