The California State Fair opens today at Cal-Expo and runs through July 29th and while there is more entertainment than ever before (Trace Adkins is there Sunday July 15th), we think there is an entertainment element that is overdue for a comeback:
And we’re not talking about a bad break on our show. We’re talking real, live trains smashing into each other on purpose!
Believe it or not, by far the most popular draw for the California State Fair back in late 19th/early 20th century was putting two locomotives on a single track, facing each other, and then sending them racing towards each other at, according to historical records, as fast as 90 mph!
Check out the archival video we found on YouTube, and note the lettering on the coal cars: “State Fair Special”
State Fair, we love you. But, ply us with deep fried cinnamon rolls, rides, wine slushies, horse races and live entertainment all you want…if you really want to bring us out..? Find a couple old train engines and smash ’em into each other!! We’d totally be on board with that. Hypothetically speaking.
To find out more about what’s going on at this year’s fair (you know, since, no train wrecks), click here