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Mount Pulaski Fall Festival begins today

Richard Norton Smith to attend ribbon-cutting at historical museum

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[SEPT. 8, 2005]  MOUNT PULASKI -- The executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will be the special guest at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the second floor of the Mount Pulaski Township Historical Museum at 4:30 p.m. Thursday (today). Dr. Richard Norton Smith, director of the presidential library and museum in Springfield, will be attending on behalf of Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The public is encouraged to attend and to welcome this distinguished guest.

Events at the annual Mount Pulaski Fall Festival begin at 3 p.m. Thursday and run through Saturday evening. The festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with a tractor show; bigger and better carnival rides that fill the downtown area; contests -- Lil', Junior and Miss Mount Pulaski, as well as Cutest Lil' Farmer; great meals; and a car cruise-in on Saturday at 9 a.m. This year the parade is being moved to 12:15 p.m. on Saturday to allow for more festival fun all afternoon.

Lana Hebenstreit, chair of Community Pride -- the local organization that puts on the festival -- says the event provides local churches and organizations with the opportunity to raise money through sponsorships of the various meals served during the festival. According to Hebenstreit, the festival also is a popular time for local class reunions.

The Thursday afternoon ribbon-cutting at the museum on the square in Mount Pulaski will dedicate the new second-floor addition, featuring a parlor and club room remodeled in period furniture. Work on this project has been under way for several years.

Mount Pulaski Mayor Bill Glaze is enthusiastic about the ceremony and the guest appearance by Richard Norton Smith. "We are lucky and fortunate to have him come to Mount Pulaski," Glaze said.

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Thursday also marks the grand opening of the Alpine Euro-Bakery at 108 S. Washington in Mount Pulaski. The business is housed in a historic downtown building that was formerly a meat market. Owners Jill and Mike Saulsberry are providing a full-service retail bakery featuring healthy, nutritious, "made from scratch" ingredients in their bakery products, and specialty coffees as well. The bakery will also have a substantial wholesale operation. Community leaders are excited about the addition of this upscale business in this small community of 1,800 people.

Mount Pulaski is the home of the Mount Pulaski Courthouse, which is notable for the appearances there by Abraham Lincoln as an attorney and occasionally as a substitute judge. The courthouse is under the administration of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

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