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Popular Cedar Valley train ride a sell-out

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The third annual Snowflake Express was back on the tracks in the Cedar Valley Saturday.

Magical Mix Kids partnered with Iowa Northern Rail Car to put on this popular fundraising event, this year at a new location.

Six train rides began at the Open Bible Church in downtown Waterloo and each lasted nearly an hour.

Kids and adults gathered in the church before boarding the train for hot chocolate, cookies, carols and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Tickets sold out this year at $10. All money raised will fund the Magical Mix Kids' annual trip to Walt Disney World for families in the Cedar Valley with children with chronic or terminal illnesses.


"I tell them you get fifty minutes of wonderful on this train ride, and that translates into six days of wonderful for the family that go on the trip every October," said Snowflake Express chairwoman Ann-Marie Neilsen.

Nielsen said the program usually takes around 15 kids and their families on the trip to Walt Disney World.

She said the plan for next year's Snowflake Express is for tickets to go on sale on the first Saturday of November.

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