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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Crocker could cancel Railroad Days due to lack of volunteers

  • Crocker Mayor James Morgan is concerned that if the city doesn't find more volunteers fast, it would be forced to cancel an event that has been in the community for more than forty years.
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  • Crocker Mayor James Morgan is concerned that if the city doesn't find more volunteers fast, it would be forced to cancel an event that has been in the community for more than forty years.
    At this month's Crocker City Council meeting, James Morgan told members that the city needs more Park Board volunteers to be able to hold Railroad Days, which has been a tradition in Crocker for decades.
    “It's like homecoming for the Crocker community” Morgan said. “A lot of classes plan their reunions around Railroad Days.”
    Traditionally, Railroad Days is held Labor Day weekend and features a parade, musical performances, vendors, and family entertainment. The event celebrates the town's railroad history that dates back to the 1800s. Crocker was named after Eurilis J. Crocker, a Frisco Railroad shareholder.
    City Council member Lori Layman described the struggle to find volunteers for Rail Road Days as a “desperate situation.”
    Crocker Park Board is responsible the planning and coordination for Railroad Days. Currently, Morgan said the board has five or six members, but needs 10 to 12 members in order for Rail road Days to take place.
    Morgan said that Park Board volunteers main responsibilities include helping with Railroad Days and helping with fundraising at the park. He said it is “not a large time commitment” to volunteer for the Park Board.
    The City of Crocker will hold a meeting June 2 to decide whether or not they will host Railroad Days.
    “We need all the help we can get,” Morgan said.
    Morgan said that he has been helping with Crocker Railroad Days for forty years, and the event has never been cancelled due to lack of volunteers.
    “We have had ups and downs in the past in trying to get people to volunteer, but we have always been able to pull it off,” Morgan said. “We are getting to the point where we need some new blood and we need some people willing to step up to the place and give us assistance. We want to keep it. It is a tradition for us. “
    If you would like to volunteer for Crocker Park Board and/ or help with Railroad Days, contact Crocker City Hall at (573) 736-5327.
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