Old-time "base ball" games will be on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
and on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the Logan County Fairgrounds. Players
will compete in exhibition games modeled after the ballgames played
by gentlemen's clubs in the New York area prior to the Civil War.
Play in the 1860s was for fellowship and exercise -- with the number
of "aces" (runs) during the "match" (game) not nearly as important
as the glory of the game!
The Captain Bogardus Trap Shoot will begin with registration at
12:15 p.m. Saturday and the competition at 12:30 p.m. at the Lincoln
Sportsman Club. Classes are muzzleloaders, old-style shotgun and
modern. There will be a 10-bird meat shoot and a 25-bird derby.
Entry fee is $3.50 for either event, and prizes will be awarded. The
shoot is named for Capt. A.H. Bogardus, who traveled with the
Buffalo Bill Wild West Show and was named Champion Wing Shot of the
World in 1876.
The women's firewood split, the log rolling contest and the
crosscut saw competition are scheduled on Saturday morning at the
Logan County Fairgrounds, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Afternoon
activities begin at noon with the hero tug-of-war, rail toss, team
railsplitting contest, junior railsplitting contest and amateur
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On Sunday, come see the Dean Tibbs Tomahawk Throw at 11 a.m.,
followed by the Ray Begolka Corn Shelling Contest at noon and a
water boil contest at 1 p.m. The Railsplitter Parade through the
fairgrounds begins at 2 p.m. Immediately following, at 3 p.m., is
the annual re-enactment of the christening of Lincoln. To see the
Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Contest, come out to the
festival on Sunday at 3:15 p.m. It's a great competition, with cash
prizes for the first- through fourth-place winners.
Special guests this year highlight the diversity of the
Railsplitting Festival events. Did you know that between 1833 and
1837 Abraham Lincoln surveyed lots, roads and laid out five towns in
our area? Bob Church, executive director of the Illinois
Professional Land Surveyor Association, will give a presentation on
Lincoln's work as a deputy Sangamon County surveyor. That program
will be at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Exhibition Building at the
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[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of