Friday, September 18, 2009
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Railsplitter welcomes country musicians

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[September 18, 2009]  The Illinois Country Music Association will be a part of the 39th annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival as ICMA performers will be on the Abe Stage in the KC building and around the fairgrounds on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.

InsuranceEntertaining on the festival grounds, Ray Fidler, a fiddle-playing storyteller from Cuba, Ill., will be teamed up with Gerry Foley from Peoria, playing the bass fiddle. Ray Prince from McLean, who plays banjo and guitar and is known to spin a yarn or two, will also be strolling the grounds throughout the afternoon.

On the Abe Stage inside the KC building, there will be a mixture of talents: Polly Kilmer and Laura Laughery from the new local Postville Opry; Chris Hawkins and Betty Giacobazzi, known in the Peoria area as Happy Heart Entertainment; Stephanie Foster, from East Peoria, known as "the little Gal with the BIG voice"; and Gary Raye and Jason Gordon, known as Double Shot. These seasoned entertainers perform at Oprys and other venues throughout central Illinois and the surrounding states, including Branson, Mo, Nashville, Tenn., and Pigeon Forge, Tenn., to name a few. Some are independent recording artists who write and perform their own original music and produce their own videos as well.

The Illinois Country Music Association is made up of musicians, dancers, performers and fans who are dedicated to promoting country, gospel, bluegrass and western music throughout the state of Illinois.

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[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County]

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