Returning to the festival this year is the fifth annual Civil War
Ball as the kickoff event on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Lincoln Rec Center. This is a great opportunity to learn the dances of the
Civil War era, led by talented dance instructors. Simple dance
steps, good music and lots of fun highlight this popular annual
Looking for something new? New to the festival will be collegiate
forestry competitions. Teams from Missouri, Iowa State and Stevens
Point, Wis., will compete in the games. Events include Men's Log
Roll, Women's Log Roll, Jack & Jill Log Roll, Pulp Toss, Axe Throw,
Two Man Double Buck/Crosscut Saw, Jack & Jill Buck, Two Woman Buck,
One Person Buck, Men's Speed Chop, Women's Speed Chop, Chain Throw
and Pole Climb.
Other interesting events include a weekend-long Civil War
encampment where you can experience the lives of Civil War soldiers,
in honor of the Civil War Sesquicentennial; the Captain Bogardus
Trap Shoot, held Saturday at the Lincoln Sportsman's Club; the Route
66 Car Show, an antique tractor show and the Back Alley Bikes
bicycle show, held both days at the fairgrounds; as well as daily
The festival will have Amish baked goods, as well as several
concession stands open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at the Logan County Fairgrounds.
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Don't forget to see and visit the Railsplitter craft booths,
historical displays, working craft area, pioneer village, bluegrass
jams, kids' games, tomahawk throw, amateur railsplitting and much
more on both dates. It's a fantastic family event. The National
Railsplitting Contest on Sunday at 3:15 p.m. is the grand finale of
For more information, check out the Railsplitting Festival
www.railsplitting.com or call 217-732-8687.
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of