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Judds hop aboard Santa Train

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 – Wynonna and Naomi Judd, who have both hopped on the Santa Train individually, will revisit their Appalachian home together when they join CSX, Food City, the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce and Kids Wish Network as special guests on the 2010 Santa Train on Nov. 20.

The Appalachia natives will be kicking off their highly anticipated self-proclaimed final tour, The Judds: The Last Encore, the day after Thanksgiving. The Judds' farewell concert series will feature brand-new music, including their first single in 10 years, I Will Stand By You, while also mixing in 25 years of duets and Wynonna solo hits for their fans. The duo has not toured together since their 2000 Power to Change tour.

Naomi rode the Santa Train in 2005 and passed the tradition on to her daughter, Wynonna, who was the 2009 guest.

"Sharing the joy of the holiday season with children who are growing up in a place so close to my heart is something that I am so honored and humbled to have the opportunity to do," Wynonna said. "Participating in the Santa Train with my mother makes it even more special to me."

The Santa Train will make 14 stops in the mountains of Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee on Nov. 20. The Judds, along with Santa Claus and volunteers from CSX, Food City, the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce and Kids Wish Network, will deliver 15 tons of toys - more than $300,000 worth - to thousands of residents who live along the route. This year will commemorate the 68thanniversary of the Santa Train.

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