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Choo Choo Fest to raise funds for historic caboose restoration

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    Funding from past Choo Choo Fests has allowed the Coupland Civic Organization to make repairs to the caboose, such as installing a new metal roof. Here, Rosie Haines of Haines Craft Construction is working on the new roof.
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    At last year's Choo Choo Fest, attendees enjoyed dining on the St. Peter's patio.

On Sunday, October 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Peter’s Church of Coupland, the Coupland Civic Organization (CCO) will hold its annual Choo Choo Fest, a fundraiser for the restoration of the CCO’s historic caboose.

The barbecue dinner, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be prepared by Coupland’s Master Chef Peter Wabbel and Pitmaster Bobby Hepner and will include sausage, pork loin and chicken drum sticks. Chef Peter will make potato salad. Civic Organization board members will provide homemade beans and cole slaw. Tickets are being sold in advance and are $12 per person for adults and $6 per child (ages 4 to 10). Tickets can be purchased from any board member or call Susan Schmidt, 512-818-0648; Barbara Piper, 512-856-2635; Becky Sutton, 512-856-2502; or Judy Downing, 512-293-0501. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.It wouldn’t be Choo Choo Fest without a choo choo, and the Kiddie Express Train is back! From noon to 2 p.m., children and their families will be able to ride free on this picturesque train through Coupland.

The interesting silent auction will feature antiques, arts and crafts, artwork, collectibles, décor items, toys, services and much more. There will be a bake sale featuring the famous Coupland homemade desserts and baked goods, and the collectible caboose T-shirts will be available in new colors.

Thanks to proceeds from previous Choo Choo Fests, the exterior of the caboose has been repaired, and the caboose has been leveled and rests on new ties and ballast. A new roof has been put on. The original door has been repaired and installed and a second door has been constructed to match and installed at the other end. The windows have been put into the cupola on top, and windows have been installed on the sides. Exterior painting has been done, and now more work will begin on the interior.

Both the historic Coupland Depot and caboose are owned by the CCO, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.