By: Hannah Yang | firstname.lastname@example.org
KASSON — The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train came to town Tuesday afternoon.
For the first time, the CP Holiday Train rolled into downtown Kasson and stopped outside of the city’s fire department, where more than 300 people eagerly were waiting and shivering.
After the train came to a halt, the festively decorated metal doors swung down, transforming the rail car into a performance stage. Country music artists Terri Clark, Kelly Prescott and Dallas Smith led the entertainment, singing upbeat Christmas songs as the audience danced and swayed.
Attendees dropped off their “admission” of canned and nonperishable food items and cash at the fire department’s garage. The event benefited the Dodge County Food Shelf-SEMCAC.
Steve Jurrens, administrative officer for the Kasson Fire Department, said the event brought in more than 860 nonperishable goods to help stock the local food pantry. The Kasson Fire Department also was able to donate $500 to the food pantry, and Canadian Pacific chipped in an additional $1,000.
The Kasson Fire Department reached out to Canadian Pacific to make a stop in the city. The train had stopped in Rochester just hours earlier.