The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train returned to Cottage Grove on Dec. 14, 2013 with a special anniversary concert. Grammy award-winning singer Sheryl Crow was joined by award winning a capella group, Take 6, for a free concert when the Canadian pacific (CP) Holiday Train made its annual stop at Cottage Grove on Dec. 14.
As in past years, the train’s arrival included an evening of family fun and musical entertainment while raising money for the Friends in Need Food Shelf.
For this year only, the Holiday Train signature event was held in a new location—the Canadian Pacific Rail Yard, near 95th Street and Ideal Ave. The North Pole Station opened at 4 p.m. and the outdoor concert began at 5 p.m.
While the event was free, those attending were asked to make a cash donation or to bring toiletry or non-perishable food items. Cash donations were also collected on site. Everything collected at stayed in the community for local distribution through the Friends in Need Food Shelf.
This was Cottage Grove's 11th year hosting the Holiday Train.
Canadian Pacific celebrated its 15th anniversary of the Holiday Train and chose Cottage Grove to be the only city in the United States to host its expanded celebration, which included a major recording artist.
This extra-special holiday train event was one of only three stops across North American where Canadian Pacific added additional star-power to help shine a spotlight on the railways mission of raising food, money and awareness in the fight against hunger. Since 1999, the Holiday Train has raised about $7.4 million and about 3 million pounds of food for North American food shelves.
Cottage Grove, Newport and St. Paul Park have historically raised the most money and gathered the largest crowd out of the 140 communities the train visits each year which is why this community was chosen for the expanded celebration.
This exciting event expected to draw upwards of 10,000 people from Cottage Grove and the surrounding Twin Cities metro area helping to make this the biggest fundraiser for the Friends in Need Food Shelf, which serves residents in Cottage Grove, Newport, Saint Paul Park and Grey Cloud Island.
The Holiday Train heads out on Nov. 25 for its three-week journey through Canada and the United States, including 26 cities in Minnesota. Since 1999, the program has raised nearly $7.4 million and donated about 3 million pounds of food to food banks in the United States and Canada.
Holiday Train 2013 News Release PDF
Thousands of Cottage Grove area residents came out on December 11th to celebrate the arrival of the Holiday Train in a great show of support for the Friends in Need Food Shelf.
This was the 10th year the Canadian Pacific Rail Holiday Train has stopped in Cottage Grove to money for the Friends in Need Food Shelf, which serves residents in Cottage Grove, Newport, Saint Paul Park and Grey Cloud Island.
Cottage Grove has historically raised the most money and gathered the largest crowd out of the 150 communities the train visits each year! This year the Cottage Grove area Holiday Train broke their fundraising goal of $70,000, raising over $100,000!
Santa Claus rolled into town on the train just after 6 pm, and the Claytones entertained the crowd with a fantastic concert from the train's boxcar stage. The first 1,200 children received a jumbo Glo-Stick, so the crowd was aglow with children waving their new Glo-Sticks in excitement.
Werner Electric generously donated use of their trucks for the event, turning one of their trucks into a stage for a musical performance by Elvis (Art Kistler) before and after the train.