Newbern Depot Days preparation is in full swing, as the annual depot-fundraising even will be on Saturday, Sept. 19th. Vendors, music, food, model trains, art, a parade, cakewalk and much more is planned for downtown Newbern all day on that Saturday.

The annual pancake breakfast, to be held at Mom's restaurant, will open the event at 6 a.m. A brand new 5K race, along with one-mile run, and walk will be held this year for the first time east of the depot. It will start and end in front of the Johnson-Williams Funeral Home, beginning at 9:15 am. The route will go out to the east, and will keep racers, and vendors setting up from interfering with each other.


There will be a $500 giveaway that night, along with several giveaways during the day. At present, we are still trying to secure Amtrak donating a roundtrip coach train travel fare for two, going to either Chicago, or New Orleans, like they have for the past two years.

For more information, please go to, for event schedules, and more, and go to for race information, a race map, and to sign up. If you are willing to help in Depot Days in any way, contact Lynn Willis, at 676-1870, or call City Hall at 627-3221, and leave a message for us to return a call.