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What: Pufferbilly Days 30th Anniversary.

When: September 7-10, 2006.

Where: Boone, IA.

Whatelse: Craft Fair, Carnival, Entertainment, Food, Drink, etc.

More: A pufferbilly is a small steam engine used to tunnel deep into coalmines. And while the days of the steam engine may be in the past, Boone keeps its memory alive for a few days every year during its Pufferbilly Days event, a four-day celebration of everything trains. And it’s only fitting, considering some 70 trains pass through town on a daily basis and the railroad industry remains the city’s largest employer. The event starts on Thursday and runs through Sunday, and by its end, participants will have seen a spike-driving contest, a parade, a lip-sync contest, a 5K run, train rides and more. In addition, a variety of music will be performed, including Tami Jo Platter with country western and Bob and the Beachcombers with a Beach Boys/Jimmy Buffett tribute. And if none of these things sound appealing, there’s always the beer garden. Beer can make anything worthwhile.