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Rain didn't stop downtown Roanoke from filling up

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Shayne Dwyer/WDBJ7(WDBJ)
Published: Apr. 23, 2017 at 11:44 AM EDT
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Despite the rainy weather, downtown Roanoke put on quite a show Saturday.

Between the Blue Ridge Marathon and the arrival of a 611 excursion, downtown was packed.

The Class J 611, the spirit of Roanoke, was under her own power again this rainy Saturday. The fourth of this year's 13 excursions brought 800 people to Roanoke from Greensboro, North Carolina. They added onto the thousands already downtown for the Blue Ridge Marathon.

"They wanted to see the transportation museum. They wanted to --- say -- see some things they had never seen before. We had a lot of comments of people saying 'it's been a while since I've been here, a lot of great changes, I can't wait to come back," Catherine Fox of Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge said.

Passengers made the most of their three-hour stay by shopping and eating local. They came prepared with umbrellas and rain gear, and weren't going to let the sour weather stop them.

:"We went to the transportation museum, we ate at Jack Brown's beer and burger bar. Rain or shine and it sounds like the skies are going to open up any second now. This was my Valentine's present so you know we had to come," 611 Passengers Mike Shipko and Lisa Gerdes said.

The 611 will be back on an excursion Sunday. It will do another round trip from Greensboro and back.