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City of Perris Presents its 20th Annual Rods and Rails Extravaganza

PERRIS, Calif. (May 17, 2019) –– The 20th annual “Rods & Rails Extravaganza” is slated to be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the Orange Empire Railway Museum

Rev up your engines, polish the shine on your candy-painted car and cruise your ride on down to the hottest event this summer. This family friendly Perris milestone is an appreciation of classic cars, motorcycles, trains, street cars and trolleys.

“Rods and Rails is one of our most anticipated events of the year for all of our community members,” said Sabrina Chavez, Director of Community Services. “Even if you don’t know a lot about cars, you can still come and appreciate their uniqueness at this event. This event is special to car, motorcycle and train enthusiasts of all levels.”

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature approximately 200 “hot rods” for display for the expected attendance of more than 5,000 visitors to the railway museum. The OERM railway – home to one of the biggest collections of rolling stock in the U.S. – offers the trains, trolleys and street cars for the “rail” portion of the Rods & Rails Extravaganza.

The event offers free children activities and live entertainment throughout the day with a special performance by the Delfonics. Other activities include, face painting, gold panning, arts and crafts and the annual Potato Festival, organized by the Perris Valley Historic Society. Participants can even take rides on one of the antique trains, trolleys or cable cars.

Of course, the main attraction is still the same, with more than 200 pre-1979 classic vehicles and specialty vehicles glistening in the sun. Everything from convertibles and coupes, to muscle cars and roadsters, to pickup trucks and luxury rides. And if four wheels is too many, there’s plenty to see from the motorcycle perspective as well.

“Our Rods & Rails festival is one of the highlights of the year for Perris,” said Richard Belmudez, Perris City Manager. “We look forward to hosting it and having the Perris community and ride enthusiasts come out to enjoy the festivities.”

A stunning display of chrome and perfectly waxed body paint, speed and power from uniquely modified engines, and the sounds of the exhaust pipes amplifying off the pavement and one could understand why this is a car enthusiasts dream.

Parking and Admission for the festival are free and all participants are encouraged to bring a chair and a blanket. There will also be food and retail vendors. Registrations will be taken until the morning of the event with costs of $30 for cars and $20 for motorcycles.

The Orange Empire Railway Museum is located at 2201 South A Street. For more information, visit or call 951-943-6603.