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Scooby Doo, Thomas the Train, SpongeBob to visit Tweetsie Railroad during 58th season

Posted April 16, 2014

The Ghost Train at Tweetsie Railroad

Tweetsie Railroad, dubbed North Carolina's first theme park, is open for its 58th season. The Wild West-themed park in the Blue Ridge Mountains offers amusement rides, gold panning, animals at its Deer Park, train rides, live shows and a Western town.

It also features a slate of special events each year, including the Day Out With Thomas and a Ghost Train Halloween Festival. Here's the schedule for 2014 with descriptions from Tweetsie.

Letterland at Tweetsie, May 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14:­ Tweetsie Railroad will be transformed before your very eyes into the magical place of Letterland during this special event. Based on the best-selling alphabet books written by Lyn Wendon, Letterland is the reading system that teaches children the alphabet and phonics by bringing letters to life.

David Holt and the Lighting Bolts in Concert, May 25: Tweetsie Railroad is honored to host Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt and the Lightning Bolts for a one-day only special performance. David Holt and the Lightning Bolts enliven old-time music with a new time jolt, and a sound that is full, driving and energetic.

Day Out With Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014, June 6-15:­ Experience everyone¹s favorite train like never before as Thomas the Tank Engine chugs his way through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Children can meet and take pictures with Sir Topham Hatt, listen to Thomas and Friends storytelling, and enjoy activities in the Imagination Station.

SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick, June 27-29: Nickelodeon¹s beloved characters, SpongeBob SquarePants and his best friend Patrick, visit Tweetsie Railroad to entertain and take pictures with guests. Guests can spend the day with their favorite underwater friends.

Fireworks Extravaganza, Friday, July 4: ­ Children young and old will watch with wonder as the mountain night sky is illuminated with the High Country¹s most dazzling fireworks display. The park will remain open until 9 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

Cool Summer Nights, July 5, 12, 19 and 26: ­ Enjoy long summer nights while keeping cool with a visit to Tweetsie Railroad during Saturdays in July, as the park stays open until 9 p.m. to make more time for family fun. 

Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, July 11-13: Scooby-Dooby-Doo, where are you? Meet the Cartoon Network¹s Scooby Doo and his good friend Shaggy during their first ever visit to Tweetsie Railroad.

K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs, July 19-27: Watch man's best friend defy gravity as a team of agile four-legged athletes delight the audience by jumping, flipping, diving and catching flying discs.

Riders In The Sky, Aug. 9-10: Captivating audiences of all ages since 1977, the multi Grammy award-winning quartet is an event not to be missed. America¹s Favorite Cowboys fill the Blue Ridge Mountain air with sweet sounds by providing a rich blend of Western harmony and humor. 

Railroad Heritage Weekend at Tweetsie, Sept. 6-7: Travel through the Blue Ridge Mountains on Tweetsie's historic locomotives as the park hosts its annual Railroad Heritage Weekend. Celebrate the rich history of steam railroading and tour the famous Tweetsie Railroad Train Shop, where steam locomotives from across the nation are repaired and restored. The weekend will also include performances and demonstrations by the Cherokee Tsalagi Touring Program.

Ghost Train Halloween Festival, Friday and Saturday nights, Sept. 26 ­to Nov. 1: All aboard Tweetsie¹s Ghost Train for a nighttime ride of thrills and chills as the park hosts its 25th Annual Ghost Train Halloween Festival. From The Boneyard to the park's newest addition, the "Warp Tunnel," beware of the fun and creepy Halloween characters that emerge after dark at Tweetsie. The theme for this year¹s event is about a fictional train wreck and its ill-fated crew and passengers. Each night of the festival will mark the anniversary of the "Great Train Wreck of 1914."

Tweetsie is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and Memorial Day Monday now and seven days a week from May 30 to Aug. 17. It returns to a weekend schedule from Aug. 18 to Nov. 2 and also is open Labor Day Monday. It's about three hours west of Raleigh in Blowing Rock.


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