Rail Road Days is Back!

Saturday and Sunday, September 18 & 19, 2021


We are excited to bring back Rail Road Days to Willmar!  This is two days of celebrating the history of the Rail Road in Willmar and Kandiyohi County while at the same time raising funds for the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.  This event will take place in two locations:  the Kandiyohi County Historical Society and the Willmar Community Center.  There will raffle and silent auction going both days!

At the Community Center:

  • Rail Fair:  a vendor show for the rail road enthusiast
  • Presentations starting on Saturday from 8am-5pm and on Sunday from 10am-2pm.  The presentations will take you through the history railroad in Willmar.
  • Lunch on both Saturday and Sunday

At the Kandiyohi County Historical Society

  • Tours of all the buildings
  • Living history hobo camp
  • Music
  • Silent Auction
  • Activities for big and little kids!

The cost of the event is $20 for individuals and $35 for family pass (this includes parents or guardian and children under 17). The cost of your ticket covers both days!  

On Sunday there will be a bus tour in the afternoon of the Willmar and railroad area.  The tour cost $10 per person and you need to purchase a separate ticket for this tour.

This event is a fundraiser for the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.  We would love to see you come out to support our event. If you are unable to make it to this event, but would still like to support the Kandiyohi County Historical, please make a donation.

125th Annual Meeting & Program
Thursday, October 21st
KCHS Community Room

Featuring:  A Lighthouse Keeper’s Life
By Lee Radzak

A baked chicken supper with mashed potatoes, vegetable and dessert will be served starting at 5:30 pm.  The cost of the meal is $15 per person for KCHS members and $20 per person for non-members. Following the meal, the annual meeting will be conducted.  After the short annual meeting, a presentation will be given by Lee Radzak.  As site manager of the Spilt Rock Lighthouse for over 36 years, Lee Radzak will tell stories of his everyday experiences during his tenure.

The Sperry House Raffle will be drawn on this night.  So try for a chance to win an elegant dinner for two at the Sperry House on October 29th, 2021, catered by McKales Catering of New London, MN. Tickets are on sale at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society for a donation of $5.00 per ticket, with the proceeds used for restoring the Victorian Sperry House. Tickets will be available through October 21st.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 12th!!  Please call 235-1881, go to our website or email us at to reserve your spot!  Prepayment is required.  Our address is KCHS, 610 NE Hwy 71, Willmar, MN  56201.

We hope to see you there!