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Halloween Thrills on the Bayou

September 1st, 2014 by carriagehouse

Halloween Thrills on the Bayou

Tickets are now on sale for the ultimate Halloween experience, in Jefferson Texas.  Be sure to goblin’ up tickets to the 13th Annual Runaway Fright Train and Halloween Festival each Friday and Saturday, October 4-31, 2014.

Steam hissing, whistle blowing and pistons chugging, the Historic Jefferson Railway’s live steam train returns to operation in October 2014 for the Runaway Fright Train and Halloween Festival.

The Runaway Fright Train will feature “Monsters from the Deep”.  As you ride through the dark woods, you’ll see the monsters emerging from the swamplands of East Texas as they reach out for you.  Keep a wary eye toward the cypress-filled woods and swamps.  You never know what lurks in the shadows. The train rolls right by the Alligator Pit, filled with alligators ranging from six feet to over twelve feet long.

What are some of the highlights of this theater on wheels?  Chain saws, toxic wasteland, land of rats, spiders and snakes, skeletons and ghouls.  Something sinister is hiding there.  You’ll be spooked by more than Halloween ghosts!

The scenes and haunters along the track will keep you at the edge of your seat and give you a laugh now and then, too.  This Halloween Theater on wheels is professionally directed by East Texas Performing Arts.  This is a family-friendly event for ages 2 to 92for a howling good time.

The Fun Brothers bring their alligator bounce house to the Halloween Festival each evening of the event.   Admission is free with the purchase of a Halloween train ride.   Other free activities will include mini-maze, mini-haunted house, children’s crafts and games. Glow sticks and other Halloween products and concessions are available for sale in the Haunted Historic Depot. Give your little monsters some wholesome Halloween fun this season.

On Halloween evening, come participate in Best Costume Contest for CASH PRIZES.  Prizes awarded after each train ride.

The event will take place at Historic Jefferson Railway, 400 E. Austin, Jefferson, Texas.  The easiest way to order tickets is to visit the website, www.JeffersonRailway.com.  You can also buy tickets at the Historic Jefferson Railway depot during event hours. Train seating is limited so get your tickets early!  Come out for a rip-roaring good time.

Runaway Fright Train Schedule and Pricing

Friday $14.50, plus applicable sales tax

Saturday, $16.50, plus applicable sales tax

Lap Children under 4 are free

Group discounts available

Depot opens at noon each day of the Event

Halloween Festival opens at 6:00 p.m. each day of the Event

Saturday, October 4 @ 7:00, 8:00

 

Friday, October 10 @ 7:00, 8:00

Saturday, October 11 @ 7:00, 8:00

 

Friday, October 17 7:00, 8:00

Saturday, October 18 7:00, 8:00, 9:00

Friday, October 24 @ 7:00, 8:00

 

Saturday, October 25 @ 7:00, 8:00, 9:00

Friday, October 31 @ 7:00, 8:00

Diamond Don’s 12th Annual Vintage National Motocross

April 1st, 2014 by carriagehouse

Motocross

Diamond Don’s 12th Annual AHRMA Vintage National Motocross will be held April 11-13, 2014 at Diamond Don RV Park located one mile from Jefferson, Texas. Over 800 entries are expected for this event which includes Cross Country and Trials on FridayVintage Motocross on Saturday with Post-Vintage on Sunday.

 Come see Lacie Carpenter and Rebel Rose on Friday evening, 7:00-9:00. This will be an outside venue.  Concessions and non-alcoholic beverages are available at the RV Park.  BYOB but drink responsibly.  Lacie says “that like the fiddlers before me, I keep the sound true, but amp it up a little with my 7 string Mark Wood fretted, yes, fretted Viper”.  She and her friends love playing bluegrass, Celtic and a little rock and roll.  Lacie is the winner of six East Texas Music Awards; but the ones she is most proud of is Fiddler of the Year 2012 and 2013.

 The weekend will be full of motocross legends, including at least seven inductees to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.  Here is your chance to visit with and race against some of your idols: Steve Wise, Marty Tripes, Brad Lackey, Donnie Hansen, Jim Gibson, Trampas Parker, Trey Jorski, Scott Burnworth and Guy Cooper.

 Guy  Cooper, aka “Airtime”, will headline this year’s event as Diamond Don’s Legend for the weekend. He won the AMA 125 National Motocross Championship in 1990 riding a Suzuki, and he can still beat anyone on the track.  Look for him to be out in front on a replica 1984 CR 250 Honda built by Scott Sears, X-Treme Vintage YZ.

You will definitely want to see Marty Tripes 100cc Revenge Races on Saturday and Sunday.  The fastest racers in the world will be on the gate to race their 100cc vintage bikes.  Jim Gibson, Guy Cooper, Trampas Parker, Trey Jorski, and Scott Burnworth and more than 20 other past pros of motocross line up on the same gate.  What a race!!

 Tripes won the Superbowl of Motocross at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1972, just a few weeks after turning 16.  He also won the first FIM 250cc motocross United States Grand Prix in Unadilla in 1978.  In his career, he won 11 National Championships and was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2001.  His Revenge race reminds us of the old days of racing in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  Back in the day, the 100cc class was the toughest competition of the race day.

 Join the Sunday devotion at 7:30 am, led by Steve Wise, Steve Wise.com & Christ Ministry, and Roy Jenkins, chaplain, announcer, journalist and author of the “Dirt Bike Ike” series.  Wise succeeded in motorcycle racing beyond his wildest dreams.  He has traveled around the world sharing his faith in Christ at various churches, racetracks and special events.  Jenkins has been serving the MX racing community for over a decade and released his latest book last year,“Racing Fuel for the Spirit”.  Roy will lead the congregation in Vintage Hymns while strumming his guitar.

 The wide, flat grassy pit area offers great viewing of the racetrack that runs through the pasture and into the piney woods.  Diamond Don has created a natural terrain grass track reminiscent of the early 70’s.  The track runs through the 1880’s ruins of an old sawmill and along the Big Cypress Bayou River.   Spectators will enjoy all of the action and can camp out at the park for the weekend.

Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas and seems frozen in time.  It is a charming town and an elegant reminder of a bygone era. There are over a hundred buildings in the city with historical markers. Many historic homes offer bed and breakfast accommodations.  Dozens of other historic buildings house museums, craft and antique shops and restaurants.

For a full schedule and event information, visit www.DiamondDon.com.

The Roar of the Bike

April 16th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Dirt Bikers 

Platt…Platt…Platt…Vroom!

The dirt bikers, full of adrenaline and energy, race in competitive heats around a dusty cross country course through an East Texas piney forest.  Their goal is to not fall and leave with a healthy bike and body.  And, oh yeah, finish first.   It is the 9th Annual Diamond Don’s Riverport National Vintage Motocross race.  This family fun event brings Motocross racers into Jefferson from all over the country.  It is high energy and a ton of fun.

If you are in the area, you should definitely stop by the track and see this event.  The racers take risks that will leave your knees shaking.  The course is designed with a lot of moguls so that the racers can take air often and is twisty and snaky so that they can push their bikes as hard as they can.  This is an athletic and extreme sport.

I will post more pics of the  event on the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast Facebook page tomorrow (or Monday).  Check us out!

Love Motocross – Come to Jefferson Texas Next Weekend

April 8th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Gary Bailey Headlines
Diamond Don’s Vintage National Motocross

Diamond Don’s 9th Annual AHRMA Vintage National Motocross will be held April 15-17, 2011 at Cypress Bayou RV Park located one mile from Jefferson, Texas. Over 800 entries are expected for the three day vintage race event which includes Cross Country and Trials on Friday, Vintage Motocross on Saturday with Post-Vintage on Sunday. Come see great racing on classic motorcycles of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s!

The weekend will be full of motocross legends. Come out and see Gary Bailey, Marty Tripes, Brad Lackey, Danny LaPorte, Chuck Sun, Tommy Croft, Marty Smith, Steve Wise, Trampas Parker, Billy Liles, Trey Jorski, Bill Silverthorne and John Desoto.

Gary Bailey will headline this year’s event as Diamond Don’s Legend for the weekend and will be participating in the trials event on Friday. Bailey, who was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999, is one of the pioneers of the sport of motocross racing. Bailey’s first motocross bike was a 90cc Hodaka. The sight of 6’5” Bailey racing a little motocross bike earned him the nickname of “Spiderman”. In 1969, he was the first American to beat the Europeans in motocross.

Marty Tripes will bring his 100cc Works Revenge race to Diamond Don’s with motos on Saturday and Sunday. This is a race class that reminds us of the old days of racing in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Back in the day, the 100cc class was the toughest competition of the race day. Tripes won the Superbowl of Motocross at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1972, just a few weeks after turning 16. He also won the first FIM 250cc motocross United States Grand Prix in Unadilla in 1978. In his career, he won 11 National Championships and was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2001.

The wide, flat grassy pit area offers great viewing of the racetrack that runs through the grass pasture and into the piney woods. Diamond Don has created a natural terrain grass track reminiscent of the early 70’s. The track runs through the 1880’s ruins of an old sawmill and along the Big Cypress Bayou River.

Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas and seems frozen in time. It is a charming town and an elegant reminder of a bygone era. There are over a hundred buildings in the city with historical markers. Many historic homes offer bed and breakfast accommodations. Dozens of other historic buildings house museums, craft and antique shops and restaurants.

Jefferson Fly In

May 27th, 2010 by

Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend? Look no further than Jefferson this Saturday. This Memorial Day weekend is the Jefferson Fly-In, a vintage airplane and air show.
Not only will there be amazing planes from the past, but there will be free rides in a Stearman for all kids between the ages of 10 and 17. I have it on good authority that for a donation to the Fly In fund, adults can go up in the Stearman as well.
Diamond Don’s will be sponsoring a BBQ lunch for all pilots and staff. For the rest of us, there is only small charge of $8 for adults and $5 for kids to partake in this fine food.
So come on down for a flying good time!
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