Trainfest, a celebration of model railroading, happens only once a year on the second weekend of November at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Although it might sound like it’s just for train experts, Trainfest is for everyone. Thousands of model railroad buffs, families, and all other types of railroad fans meet at Trainfest to marvel at more than 70 unique running railroads. New products from dozens of manufacturers are on display and available for purchase.
What makes Trainfest So Popular?
It’s the amount of amazingly-detailed railroads and their uniqueness and variety. With 200,000 sq. ft. (nearly four football fields) of exhibit space featuring more than 70 highly creative scenic railroads, it’s a sight to behold. There is a constant hum of enthusiasm that travels throughout the show. The air is electric. Smiling faces are everywhere.
Veteran Trainfest exhibitors, in particular, look on newcomers with fond nostalgia as they remember how amazing the event was during their own first visit.
The imagination of a kid, or a kid-at-heart, is present in each of the layouts on exhibit. It’s amazing what modelers can do in transforming Styrofoam and plastic into beautiful countrysides. Many of our expert modelers were introduced and hooked on the experience of model trains as youngsters.
They invite you to submit an application to participate in Trainfest, one of the country’s largest Model Railroad shows. Manufacturer, Vendor, Exhibitor, Demonstration and Layout space is available. This show, with its over 40 year tradition, has a gate of over 20,000 and draws both the serious modeler and the general public. In two modern, well lit, buildings, the Expo Center and the Wisconsin Products Pavilion, Trainfest facilities cover over 230,000 square feet. This show presents the rich history of both railroading and model railroading in a family-friendly entertaining atmosphere. We are sure you will find participation at Trainfest a rewarding endeavor.