features at this year's Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting
Contest & Crafts Festival Sept. 15-17
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[APRIL 17, 2006] Lincoln has long been home to the Abraham
Lincoln National Railsplitting Contest and Crafts Festival, now in
its 36th year. This year, several new events tie in with the
time-honored festival that has emphasized the 1800s way of life and
the learning experience it provides to children and adults. The
event remains a family-oriented, nonalcoholic festival.
The new events begin on Friday evening, Sept. 15, with a
Civil War ball at the American Legion Hall. Come and enjoy period
music and dances of the Civil War as you walk back in time. Don't
worry about knowing how to dance; the simple steps will be taught to
one and all at the beginning of the night. Refreshments will be
The fun does not stop there, though, because the Logan
County Fairgrounds will again play host to the festival on Saturday
and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17. Step back in time to the 1850s as you
walk through the Pioneer Village. Take a look at all of the crafts
on display and for sale, see the quilt show displays, take a ride on
the Steam Show train, and watch the railsplitting action on the
track. Events will be held on the track all day Saturday and
continue on Sunday, culminating in the National Railsplitting
Contest. You'll probably see Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln at the
event as well -- be sure to say "hello."
New features this year also include the expansion of booths and
displays and merchandise, plus a new commercial vending area.
Saturday night will end with a bluegrass concert on the fairgrounds.
Also during the event will be a Capt. Bogardus trap shoot at the
Lincoln Sportsman Club on Saturday. Vintage "rounders" baseball
tournaments will be played Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds.
The Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society will host a
cemetery walk through one of the historic cemeteries of Lincoln to
complement the festival. Throughout the weekend, downtown Lincoln
will host Scarecrow Days as well, so be sure to drop by and take a
look at all the fun and exciting stores there. Postville Courthouse
State Historic Site and the Lincoln College Museum are both planning
to be open during the festival, and as always, there are plenty of
Route 66 attractions in town to see.
For area businesses and
organizations, sponsorship opportunities are now available, and they
include weekend passes, vendor booths and featured recognition in
event promotions. Applications for vendors are available now at very
So, bring your cameras, get your dancing shoes on, and come out
to the 36th annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Contest
and Crafts Festival, from Sept 15 to 17. The complete schedule and
details will be released soon. For more information, please contact
the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County at (217)
732-8687, or visit the new Logan County Railsplitting Association
site at www.railsplitting.com.