Get on Board, Railroad Fest Today

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Since railroads were first built in Clay County in the late 1800s, there have been Clay County railroad stories.

At least one involved an angry bull.

In 1923, S. Bryan Jennings of Middleburg tried to upgrade his cattle herd by bringing in two Brahman bulls, both of which broke through fences and proceeded to scare everyone around. One of the bulls was killed within a few days.

The second bull was on the loose for several months -- until it charged a locomotive.

And that was the end of that bull experiment, according to a Clay County history book, A Parade of Memories.

To hear more railroad stories, see railroad memorabilia and step into the history of railroads in the county, visit the Clay County Historical Society's eighth annual Railroad Festival today.

The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the so-called Historical Triangle, between Florida 16 and Walnut Street.

The highlight of the festival will be the tours of the society's fully equipped red wooden caboose and railroad museum, which is housed in an old depot that contains hundreds of railroad artifacts, such as lanterns and railroad signals.

Also, tours will be offered of the society's Historical Museum, in the old courthouse and full of artifacts, as well as the old jail and county archives building.

Other scheduled attractions include craft exhibits, antique cars, a petting zoo, a karaoke show, school choruses, clowns performing magic tricks, a children's train, a pie-eating contest and face-painting. Also, a 1941 fire engine and 1948 patrol car owned by Green Cove Springs will be on display.

At 1 p.m. …