One late January, a decade or so ago, a hobbyist(s), started a train show at the local high school. The show was advertised in most, if not all of the schools in the city - particularly the grade schools - and students and their parents were provided free admission. Glancy Trains, of the Detroit Historical Museum, was invited to set up their large layout. The Glancy Layout attracted huge crowds of both young and old.
Several years later, a large professional architecture firm had to hired by the school district to create an interior design for the show, including table placement, layout placement, etc., so as not to create a fire hazard for the huge crowds now attending the annual show. This was done at the request of the city's Fire Marshal.
This show, which ultimately grew so large and attracted such crowds, has been moved to another school in another school district, and continues to be one of the largest, if not the largest, train show in the state.
These hobbyists, and, the people who support and put on this annual show, deserve a special thanks, since the show is great fun for all who attend. And, of course, thanks to Mike Wyatt for his excellent thread about train shows.
The Water Level Route
You can learn more about this show by searching for the following article:
"Michigan’s largest model train show comes to Avondale High School"