On the LAST Sunday in each month (except for December), MELSA runs “MELSA’s Sunday In The Park”.
This is a pleasant day out in the open air for both Club members and the general public held around our track in Queens Park, Maryborough.
Generations of Maryborough locals have taken their children to this regular event which has been promoted by the (previously Maryborough City Council and now the) local Fraser Coast Regional Council and visitor bureaus over the years it has been running since “Sunday In The Park” was started in 1977.
Apart from the running of our miniature trains there are other activities for children such as face painting, and usually a jumping castle, one of the local brass bands plays in the rotunda adjacent to the track, and the replica steam loco Mary Ann runs on the QR track along the river bank through Queens Park below our track and the band hall.
The band generally runs a barbeque, and an ice cream van and a coffee bar are usually present.
So hunger and thirst is well catered.
Not only do our own club members come along with their steam engines, and “diesel/ hydraulic” replicas, but we often play host to members of other clubs who visit for the day, and who may be passing though the area on a tour of miniature steam railways, or perhaps en route to the annual convention, depending where it is being held each Easter.
Apart from the regular monthly running day, MELSA frequently combines with other sectors of our community for special events and sometimes fund raising. Some of the “specials” run on a regular basis by MELSA include Easter Sunday run to raise money for a local charity, Mary Poppins Festival run in early July, and of course the year can’t finish without recognising Santa in mid December.