CLINTON — A light snow began falling as a crowd waited outside Clinton’s Sawmill Museum for the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train on Tuesday.

“This is so far above what we anticipated,” said Mary Seely, director of the Clinton Convention and Visitors Bureau. She was talking about both the crowd and the food donations. “And the food’s still coming in,” Seely said.

Organizers hoped to gather 20,000 pounds of food for local pantries during the food drive associated with the Holiday Train’s arrival. Food donations will be weighed Wednesday morning to find out if the community reached that goal, Chris Streets, KCLN general manager, said.

The Trews and Willy Porter performed from one of the brightly lighted train cars. During the mini-concert, Canadian Pacific presented a check for $5,500 to Clinton’s Pantries United.

Food collected during the drive will be distributed to the Associate Benevolent Society, the Salvation Army, Church of the Open Door and the Fulton, Illinois and Thomson, Illinois food pantries, organizers said.

A fireworks display preceded the train’s departure for Bellevue. The Holiday Train is in its 20th season touring the U.S. and Canada to raise money and encourage food donations for local food pantries.

A native of Centerville, Winona comes to the Clinton Herald after writing for the Ottumwa Courier for two years.