Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 11, 2014

Moms, kids share Mother’s Day at city park

BLUEFIELD — Bluefield City Park was packed with families and friends celebrating Mother’s Day on a sunny afternoon Sunday.

Children ran and played in the streams and shrieks of laughter could be heard around the park as their toes touched the chilly water. The smell of hamburgers and hot dogs filled the air as families celebrated the special women in their life.

The Ridge Runner was packed, on the second day of its opening weekend, with smiling faces as children rode around the park begging their parents to go again.

The Jackson family came out to bring both their son and daughter to ride the train.

“The weather was beautiful and the kids really enjoy riding. We come a lot during the summer,” Jackson said.

Friends Kate Wright and Michelle Brown, both formally of Bluefield, brought daughters Janie, 2, and Caroline, 2, to ride the train.

“We are in town visiting for Mother’s Day and thought we would bring the girls to ride the train since the weather is so nice,” Wright said.

Janie and Caroline said their favorite part of the train was the tunnel and whistle.

The train had more than 400 passengers Sunday. As the train full of passengers unloaded, another group was already in line to take their turn around the park.

Linda Taylor, of Springville,Va., said she has been riding the train since it first opened on East River Mountain.

“We used to ride the train all the time and now we are doing it with our grandson,” Taylor said.

The McConnell family, of Princeton, said they were just out enjoying time with family on Mother’s Day.

James McConnell, 6, said, “I love the tunnel and being with my mom.”

— Contact Anne Elgin

at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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