Spirits at the Depot: Bowling Green’s toast to a good cause

Andrew Critchelow

Local food vendors, an oldies-rock cover band and a silent auction will be featured at a community event for a charitable cause.

The Spirits at the Depot will be held at the Historic Railpark and Train Museum in Bowling Green tonight at 6 p.m. Participants will have all-inclusive access to food, beverages and live entertainment by local band Dizzorderly Conduct.

Proceeds for the event benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Kentucky. Susan Waggoner, CEO for the local organization, said this event is one of the largest fundraisers of the year.

“Between our ticket sales and our silent auction, the potential is great,” Waggoner said. “We are very grateful that the community rallies behind this event and really looks forward to it so that we can serve so many kids from right here in our own community.”

Formerly held at Lost River Cave, this is the event’s second year at the Historic Railpark and Train Museum. Waggoner said this switch was necessary to accommodate the growing number of event attendees.

“We were always selling out for the cave event, which is great, but we were kind of landlocked,” Waggoner said. “We wanted to choose something that was also iconic and sought after.”

In the past, the depot was once a hub for interstate commerce, welcoming those who traveled between Nashville and Louisville. The location has since become a thriving tourist attraction for Bowling Green and a venue for other local events, including the Haunted Lantern Train Tours on Halloween and a Polar Express train ride in December.

“It’s a really unique space,” said Jamie Johnson, the executive director of the Historic Railpark and Train Museum. “There’s a lot of stuff there that is still original.”

The Spirits at the Depot event will host a number of local food and beverage vendors, including Chuck’s Liquor Outlet, JB Distributors, Mariah’s and more.

“We like to be involved with the community,” said Sonja Myers, co-manager of Mister B’s Pizza and Wings. “It allows us to give back a little bit.”

Attendees at the event will also get to bid on silent auction items. These include a five-day trip to Cancun, a massage package and an orthodontic treatment plan.

“There’s really something for everyone,” Waggoner said.

Despite the event attractions, Waggoner said it all comes down to supporting the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

“We always try to relate back to the mission of serving kids in our community,” Waggoner said. “We really want people to come out and have a great time while knowing that the money they’ve donated is going back to a great cause.”

Tickets are $53 and can be purchased on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Kentucky website or on-site at the event.