Fred Heimas Half-scale Replicas

By: Nancy Sheerin

Visitors to Edaville's Christmas Festival of Lights will have an opportunity to see Heim's extraordinary working replicas made from carved mahogany, aluminum, plastic and fiberglass. Vehicles on display include a Cat 345CL excavator and a Peterbilt pulling a 26-ft Hill dump trailer.

Heim, whose creations have been shown at machine and trade shows, toy conventions, museums, parades as well as in magazines and featured on the Boston news show "Chronicle", is a woodworker who has been making exact replicas for 58 years. Over the years he has also built many boats and has contributed to the construction of at least 450 new homes.

"Mr. Heim's working models are simply amazing and it is a real treat to be able to share his work with our visitors," noted Brenda Johnson, co-owner of Edaville USA.

The Christmas Festival of Lights runs from November 9-11, 16-18, 23-30, 2007 and December 1-31, 2007 (closed Christmas day) and January 1, 2008.

Hours are Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the last train at 8 p.m. The Friday night fireworks are held at approximately 8:30 (weather permitting).

Edaville USA is located just off Route 58 in South Carver, MA (less than one hour from Boston and Providence). There is ample free parking and Edaville USA is accessible to the handicapped. Admission is $16 and includes unlimited train rides, unlimited amusement rides, Ellis' Playhouse and all attractions. Free admission for children under two years old.

For group rates or more information, visit www.edaville.com or contact (508) 866-8190 or toll-free (877) EDAVILLE.

Edaville USA - A New England Tradition
Owned and operated by Brenda Johnson and Robert Julian since 2003, Edaville USA has undergone many exciting changes over the years, including the reconfiguration of the entire rail course and the incorporation of vintage amusement rides such as an antique carousel and an illuminated Ferris wheel. Other attractions throughout the year include "Day Out With Thomas" a family event centered on the Thomas the Tank Engine classic storybook; daylight trips through brilliant seasonal foliage and the harvest of the cranberry crop in the Fall and late afternoon and evening rides through the Holiday Festival of Lights in the winter.

For more information, visit the website at www.Edaville.com or contact (508) 866-8190 or toll-free (877) EDAVILLE.

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