Are you wondering what to do for dear old dad on Father’s Day? If he’s a fan of trains and automobiles, consider giving him an early present and taking him to the Orange Empire Railway museum this weekend. On Saturday, the City of Perris is hosting the 14th annual Rods & Rails show at the OERM. The free, all-day festival should be entertaining, fun and maybe even a little educational. You’ll get the chance to get up close to collector classic cars, motorcycles and bikes. There will be live music and food vendors. Also at the festival:
- The Old Town Temecula Gunfighters western show.
- Petting Zoo
- Franklin Hayes Marionette Show
- Youth Bike Show (enter your own retro bike project)
- Carnival games
- Potato doll making
- Puppet making
- Cartoon character appearances
- Story time
- History exhibits
- Panning for gold and adobe brick making
- Carnival games
- Bouncy house
If you can’t make it out this weekend, they will be serving up a Father’s Day BBQ lunch while showcasing their Pacific Electric collection. The menu for the barbecue is BBQ chicken, baked beans, corn on the cob, potato salad, cole slaw, corn bread and peach cobbler for desert. Price for the picnic lunch from noon to 2 p.m. is $10.00 per person. Diners must have a reservation. Call (951) 657-2605.
There will be a full parade and display of the railway heritage museum’s vintage collection of Pacific Electric Railway Company cars. The public is invited all day to ride, photograph and view the restored LA-area trolley cars. Admission and parking is free at the railway heritage museum at 2201 South A Street in Perris. Riding the trolleys and trains is $12 for 12 and up, $8 for 5 to 11. Four or younger is free.