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Central Florida Zoo Train

All aboard! Something exciting is coming down the tracks at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

The Zoo announced today that it has a new train and that attraction will open in Fall 2022. The community mainstay is currently working to make updates and improvements to the tracks and crossings and is working with state and other independent inspectors for approvals on the attraction.

“The upcoming launch of our new train is one of the biggest announcements I have the honor of making this year,” said Richard E. Glover, Jr., the Zoo’s CEO. “Our train was always a favorite for kids and adults alike, and we’re excited to bring a new train for the community to enjoy.”

The streamliner carries guests on a loop around the Zoo’s property, through some natural Florida landscapes, across realistic railroad crossings and into the train depot near the Zoo’s entrance. The Zoo’s train, called The Champion, was built last year and is a one-quarter scale model of its namesake, an Atlantic Coast Line Railroad streamliner that started providing daily service from New York to Miami in 1939.

Central Florida Zoo Train from above

Glover said the Central Florida Zoo is able to offer the new train attraction to the public thanks to support it received from several outstanding sponsors, including Wharton-Smith Inc. and VyStar Credit Union.

“We could not be more thankful for their support,” Glover said. “We couldn’t have made this happen without them.” 

More details about the train, including an opening date, pricing, and ticketing information, will be available soon.

For more information about the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, visit www.centralfloridazoo.org.

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Sanford St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull and Street Festival

Sanford St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull and Street Festival

Do you think you and nine other friends have what it takes to pull a truck?

The Sanford St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull will include live music, food trucks, artisans, and craft beer in a family-friendly environment on March 19, 2022.

The truck pull begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. Teams of 10 will go head-to-head pulling a fire truck a block down Palmetto Ave. in “The Famous L” for the coveted trophy and ultimate bragging rights. Participants include the Sanford Fire Department, Sanford Police Department, and many locally-owned businesses.

Sanford St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull and Street Festival

The St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull is featuring live music from 4 to 5 p.m. performed by Rosie O’Grady’s Highlanders to get everyone into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit and then afterward Papa Wheelie ends with a hardcore bang from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“We are so excited to be doing the St. Paddy’s truck pull again” said Paul Williams, owner of West End Trading Company. “In most St. Paddy’s Day celebrations people are lifting beers but in true Sanford Style, we’re taking it a step further and pulling a truck.”

The event welcomes a new fire station-themed bar, The Station Bar & Grub—making the perfect backdrop for the Fire Truck Pull. In addition, there will be a DJ leading the fun from their classic fire truck stationed right out front.

Sanford St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull and Street Festival

“We love being a part of the Sanford community,” said Alex Sirica, owner of The Station Bar & Grub. “Participating in this fantastic event is right up our alley. We’re excited to see the teams compete and celebrate giving back.”

All sign-up fees from the truck pull will go towards SNAP (Special Needs Ability Program, Inc.)Special Needs Advocacy Program, Inc. serves families in Sanford who support children with disabilities. SNAP provides children with disabilities a platform to understand and retain positive social skills to successfully enter the workforce, social events, and other public areas. Plus, proceeds from the truck pull to benefit the Special Needs Advocacy Program, Inc.

The fourth annual Sanford t. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull and Street Festival is sponsored by the newly formed ‘Famous L Collective.’

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