Brian Fox Ellis delivered an animated portfolio of Abraham Lincoln
and helped youngsters understand Lincolnís role in breaking the grip
that slavery held on the nation.
The aroma of food
filled streets that were lined with vendors manning grills. There
were all the usual festival-type foods, from corn dogs to funnel
cakes, as well as the local specialties found at the ethnic festival
in Scully Park.
Crowds filled the
streets downtown to listen and dance to live bands from 5 p.m. to 1
a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
The dance floor and
viewing area were packed at the Elks Club as hoop skirts swayed and
gents bowed to the music of the 33rd Infantry Regimental Band.
On the final day
Sunday, Aug. 31, rain canceled the battle re-enactment, the band
Slingshot moved to the LCC Warehouse (their student union building),
and the Christian band Petra postponed. The celebrationís closing
performance by the Illinois Symphony moved to the Lincoln Christian
was so good that both young folks and older folks were often heard
speculating about standing in the same place in 50 years. "Letís
see, Iíll be 73 in 50 years. I can see being here watching," one
young gal said while music blasted on stage. "Iíll be (three digits)
in 50 years," security coordinator Dan Fulscher said. "Iíll be here,
but I wonít be doing this."
These are just a few of the activities
that took place during the Lincoln Sesquicentennial celebration.
There were hundreds of things to do, see, hear. Thousands of people
made it happen. It can be said unequivocally that the city and name
of Lincoln were truly glorified by those in attendance and by the
long hours of dedication by city and county employees, leaders and
by volunteers that organized the celebration.