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Visitors check out model railroad layout during 2011's SouthlModel Railroad Show Richards High School. | Supplied photo

Visitors check out a model railroad layout during 2011's Southland Model Railroad Show at Richards High School. | Supplied photo

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WEEKEND PICKS

CHAMBER EXPO: Sandburg High School, 13300 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park, will host the 23rd annual Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce Community Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The event will include entertainment by Radio Disney, food tasting from local restaurants, a vintage car show and more. Information:
(708) 349-2972.

MEDIEVAL FEST: Crete Public Library, 1177 Main St., will host a Renaissance Faire for all ages from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The event will include games, a swordfight, face painting, jesters, pony rides, a falconer and more.
Information: (708) 672-8017.

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Updated: November 12, 2012 6:11AM



There’s a reason people regularly turn McDonald’s drive-throughs into parking lots at lunchtime, and it has nothing to do with dainty meals.

Sure, folks want their food fresh and fast. But they also want it supersized, with french fry cartons big enough to comfortably house a family of four, and soda cups of such Herculean circumference that Olympian Michael Phelps could swim laps inside them.

When it comes to a lot of life’s pleasures, bigger usually is better.

But that’s not necessarily so in the world of model railroading, where little versions of big things often drop the most jaws.

See for yourself when Richards High School hosts its 10th annual Southland Model Railroad Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at the school, 10601 S. Central Ave., Oak Lawn.

The show will feature LEGO trains, children’s activities, model railroading vendors, concession stands and nearly 20 area model railroad clubs showing model train displays and operating layouts.

Event organizer and Richards band director Charles Martin said attendees will love “the overall awesomeness that these clubs put into making their exhibits look really cool.”

“This is not your old figure-eight layout beneath your Christmas tree,” he said. “This is a lot of work. These people spend weeks on end, and it shows.”

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for ages 65 and older and free for ages 12 and younger. Parking is free.

The Prairie Scale group also will have a riding train for both children and adults.

With the price of admission, any adult can ride the train once. Additional tickets are available for $1. A child’s ticket is good for three children’s activities including the train ride.

The trains may be small, but the day’s events are gargantuan, Martin said.

“We use our three gyms, plus the hallway leading down to the cafeteria, so we have quite a bit of things to offer,” he said.

Proceeds will benefit the school’s music programs including biennial trips to Disney World and the purchase of equipment and supplies.

Martin said Richards settled on a train show fundraiser after realizing the craft fair market was “pretty saturated” at other schools.

“We’re always trying to find something that is unique, will bring people in … and get lots of kids and parents involved,” he said.

Information: (708) 499-2550, Ext. 5096, or railroadshow.com.



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