Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival
07/06/10: Blues-lovin' trains return for Sunflower Festival
Press release from the Sunflower River Blues and gospel Festival, July 2, 2010, Panny Mayfield, publicist, pannywriter@yahoo.com

Blues-lovin' trains return for Sunflower Festival

CLARKSDALE –Although Honeyboy Edwards was a regular hopping freight trains around Vance - while Muddy Waters paid for his ticket to Chicago inside Clarksdale's passenger depot; and barber Wade Walton left the same station every Sunday to visit his brother in Leland, it's been a while since traffic was bustling on the viaduct above Issaquena and Paul Edwards Avenue.

However, blues –lovin' trains and good times are returning to Clarksdale August 6-8 with Excursion Train roundtrips to Hopson during the 23rd annual Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival.

Named one of America's Top 10 places to hear authentic music by U.S.A. Weekend, the Sunflower is partnering with Coahoma County's Tourism Commission and train general manager Reggie Howell to sponsor the unique trips with musicians playing for tips, applause, and dancing.

“We are excited to be part of this adventure,” comments Melville Tillis, one of Sunflower's three co-chairmen.

According to Howell, each train can carry up to 80 passengers, and eight weekend round trips (taking 1½ hours) are planned: two on Friday; four Saturday, and two Sunday.

Tickets will be sold on the veranda behind Clarksdale Station. Round trip cost is $10 per adult; $5 per child, and $25 for a family up to six members; One is $8 per adult; $4 child, and $20 family up to six members.

Howell recently treated county supervisors, museum, tourism, and festival officials, and club owners to a sample ride on the elevated tracks overlooking the New World District and Clarksdale Station.

Photos are featured on the Sunflower website: www.sunflowerfest.org



County supervisor Paul Pearson (left) and blues club owner Red Paden (wearing hat) enjoy a view of downtown Clarksdale



Enjoying the ride are (from left) Sunflower Festival co-chairman Melville Tillis (wearing cap); his daughter; county supervisor Chris Overton; North Delta Planning official James Curcio, and Shelley Ritter, Delta Blues Museum director



Overlooking the New World District, Clarksdale's historic train tracks were elevated in case of floods



A covered veranda protects passengers waiting to board the train.

Excursion Train Schedule during the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival - August 6, 7, 8, 2010 – Round trips to Hopson Plantation with blues musicians on board performing for tips

Friday August 6Fare
Schedule
 
Train No 1Depart Clarksdale4:00 PMArrive Hopson4:30 PMA
Train No 2Depart Hopson5:00 PMArrive Clarksdale5:30 PMA
Train No 3Depart Clarksdale6:00 PMArrive Hopson6:30 PMA
Train No 4Depart Hopson7:00 PMArrive Clarksdale7:30 PMA
 
Saturday August 7 
 
Train No 4Depart Clarksdale10:00 AMArrive Hopson10:30 AMA
Train No 5Depart Hopson11:00 AMArrive Clarksdale11:30 AMA
Train No 6Depart Clarksdale12 NoonArrive Lyon12:15 PMB
Train No 7Depart Lyon12:30 PMArrive Clarksdale1:00 PMB
Train No 8Depart Clarksdale2:00 PMArrive Hopson2:30 PMA
Train No 9Depart Hopson3:00 PMArrive Clarksdale3:30 PMA
Train No 10Depart Clarksdale4:00 PMArrive Hopson4:30 PMA
Train No 11Depart Hopson5:00 PMArrive Clarksdale5:30 PMA
Train No 12Depart Clarksdale6:00 PMArrive Hopson6:30 PMA
Train No 13Depart Hopson7:00 PMArrive Clarksdale7:30 PMA
 
Sunday August 8 
 
Train No 14Depart Clarksdale2:00 PMArrive Hopson2:30 PMA
Train No 15Depart Hopson3:00 PMArrive Clarksdale3:30 PMA
Train No 16Depart Clarksdale4:00 PMArrive Hopson4:30 PMA
Train No 17Depart Hopson5:00 PMArrive Clarksdale5:30 PMA
Train No 18Depart Clarksdale6:00 PMArrive Hopson6:30 PMB
Train No 19Depart Hopson6:30 PMArrive Clarksdale7:00 PMB


Fare Schedules

  1. Round Trip $10 Adult, $5 Child, $25 Family (up to 6 members)
    One Way $8 Adult, $4 Child, $20 Family (up to 6 members)

  2. Reserved Train not open to the public.




Nov 23, 2014 - 5:12PM
Anna De Luca
«Sunflower River Blues» John Fahey (From «Death Chants, Breakdowns & Military Waltzes - Vol. 2», 1967): http://t.co/XjNGD9FYtn
Nov 21, 2014 - 10:03PM
Bryan Hanger
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Nov 19, 2014 - 4:11PM
Ryan Fuhrman
John Fahey - sunflower river blues https://t.co/88axwTbyLS
Nov 19, 2014 - 10:27AM
Lew Bear
I liked a @YouTube video http://t.co/b5OAGHbmbx Robert Barnett - Sunflower River Blues (Live)