Fun Unlimited Shows from Florida will provide the amusement rides
all three days at Atlanta's festival. This year's festival and
parade theme is "Now Showing Our Favorite Movie." The parade is at 2
p.m. Saturday and also features Peoria Shrine Club's "Tin Lizzies."
The Atlanta festival kicks off today (Thursday) from 5 to 7 p.m.
with the Atlanta Rotary pork chop supper, followed by Atlanta and
Vinegar Hill band performances. Friday's kickoff meal, from 5 to 7
p.m., is a catfish or walleye dinner sponsored by Atlanta Fire
Department. That evening also features a prince and princess contest
and music from rock 'n' rollers Vintage Daze.
Saturday starts off with the popular cake and pie contest and a
biscuit and gravy breakfast sponsored by The New Church from McLean.
The full day of activities also includes fire truck rides for the
kids, the 2 p.m. parade, a talent show from 5 to 6 p.m., 6 p.m.
barbecue chicken dinner sponsored by Atlanta Methodist Church, an
Elvis performance from 6 to 8 p.m., cake and pie auction at 8 p.m.,
and a 50-50 drawing. All three days include merchant drawings and
Zeiler Amusements is providing the carnival rides for Mount
Pulaski's festival for all three days, beginning Thursday evening
(tonight). The local Boy Scout pork chop sandwich dinner begins at 5
p.m., with the official opening ceremonies set for 5:50 p.m. From 6
to 8 p.m., catch the Cutest Lil Farmer and Little Miss and Junior
Miss Mount Pulaski contests, followed by the community band concert.
Friday's meal, the American Legion steak fry dinner, starts at 5
p.m., followed by performances by Brooks Studio of Dance and
Fitness, Ted Crispy & the All Vegetable Band, and Upfront. Also
Friday evening is egg roulette, a game show and the lantern parade
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Saturday in Mount Pulaski is also a full day, beginning at 8 a.m.
with a three-on-three tournament and farmers market. The day also
includes an antique tractors display, car and bike show, 5K run, FFA
petting zoo, pie cook-off, Jaycees' Kiddie Tractor Pull and the 2009
"Down Memory Lane" parade at 1 p.m. Afternoon performances are by
the Mount Pulaski High School cheerleaders, musician Chris Vallillo,
Salty Strings, Topper Idol, Bluesmattic, Poprocks Band and comedians
Jeremy Nunes and Chris Smith. That evening there is a ham and beans
dinner at 5 p.m. and a doughnut eating contest at 5:30.
Perhaps the most significant event of the Mount Pulaski Fall
Festival is the dedication of the new bandstand at the southeast
corner of the Mount Pulaski Courthouse, a project of Mount Pulaski's
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Committee. Funding came through the
Lincoln Legacy Project and engraved brick pavers that were purchased
locally at $35 each for the front of the bandstand. The city of
Mount Pulaski also contributed toward the concrete and base of the
structure and allowed it to be built on city property. The Mount
Pulaski Courthouse is an Illinois State Historic Site in which
Abraham Lincoln practiced law as part of his travels on the 8th
Judicial Circuit. The dedication will be followed by a concert
performance by the Vintage Brass Band of Springfield, a musical
partner of the 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment.
For more information on either festival, call the Logan County
tourism bureau at 217-732-8687.
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of