Geneseo’s 12th annual Trains, Planes & Automobiles festival will be Sept. 7-9 in Geneseo.

Geneseo’s 12th annual Trains, Planes & Automobiles festival will be Sept. 7-9 in Geneseo.

This year’s celebration gets underway Thursday, Sept. 7, when the GenAir pilots host the National Stearman Fly-In. Members of the public can view the World War II aircrafts land and take off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gen-Air Park, east of Geneseo on U.S. Route 6.

The airport display will include a two-seat aerobatic plane, built by Bob Johnson, airport manager. The plane is painted to resemble a P-51, he said, and added it took him more than years to build. “I wanted an aerobatic plane, and I wanted a plane that will go fast and be aerobatic, and mine will go up to 200 miles per hour.”

Returning this year will be “Cruise the Canal” tours of the historic Hennepin Canal on Friday, Sept. 8.

Rhonda Ludwig, executive director of the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce said, “The tours started at Trains, Planes & Automobiles, a few years ago and after not offering them one year, we learned they continue to be a big hit so we are including them again this year. They are a great asset to the weekend activities, and give people an opportunity to see and hear all the Hennepin has to offer, with facts about the history of the canal.”

The tours last approximately 90 minutes, departing at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sept. 8 from Lock 24, north of Geneseo, and continue west. Parking is available where the tours begin. Those planning to take the tour should take bug spray and sunscreen.

The weekend festivities will continue Saturday, Sept. 9 in downtown Geneseo.

A train engine from Iowa Interstate Railroad will be located on the tracks at the State Street railroad crossing.

“Children of all ages are welcome to climb aboard and sit inside the train,” said Ludwig.

Children 8 and younger are invited to participate in a pedal parade. Pedal vehicles and tractors and their drivers should meet at 11:15 a.m. Sept. 9 at the intersection of State and Second streets to register.

The parade will get underway at 11:30 and participants will travel north on State St. through downtown to the First and State street intersection where the vehicles will be parked for display. Participation medals will be awarded at the conclusion of the parade.

No motorized vehicles are allowed in the parade and all participants must be accompanied by an adult.

Additional festivities on Sept. 9 include music in the downtown area, provided by 3-D Sound, two airplanes on display in front of the Geneseo Historical Museum along with model airplanes and trains, and a car show that will feature nearly 300 antique vehicles.

The Geneseo Art League will host demonstrations of wood turning art.

Food vendors also will be part of the celebration, serving a variety of items from pork chops and steak sandwiches to Mexican fare and funnel cakes.

Ludwig said, “Our Trains, Planes & Automobiles event is unique to the region and there’s simply nothing comparable. It is genuine family outing and it’s just small town living at its best — plus it’s free.”

The Maple City Cruisers will host a car show downtown Geneseo on Sept. 9. Free registration for the show will be from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Car show awards will be presented at 2 p.m.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., members of the Geneseo Model Railroaders will showcase their train displays in the Geneseo Communications garage on Exchange Street.

A “Salute to America” will take place at the stoplight in downtown Geneseo at noon. The salute will include the singing of the National Anthem and a presentation of the colors by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083 color guard.

For information about events, contact the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce at 944-2686.