BOONE, Iowa- The 38th addition of the annual Pufferbilly Days is underway now in Boone. The celebration is named after Boone’s history with railroads. A Pufferbilly was an Austrailian steam locomotive used in coal mines there. Locomotives were first called Billy Goats, then later Puffing Billys.
This is a weekend for homecoming for those who grew up in Boone. Kurt Phillips the Executive Director of the Boone Chamber of Commerce said, “Pufferbilly days is just one big celebration of family and community.” Phillips said there are many family reunions and school reunions going on around town this week.
Phillips said there will be lots of live entertainment in the downtown area of Boone, as well as a carnival for the kids. The Boone and Scenic Valley trains are also running this weekend.
The IMCA Super Nationals stock car racing is also going on this weekend. This is billed as the world’s largest dirt track event. There are 400 races held here with 800 cars over six days.