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[September 13, 2008]  The 38th annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival this weekend features events for all, from the Lincoln funeral exhibit to a Civil War ball to the railsplitting contests and more.

New to the festival this year is a special tribute to Lincoln, "Now He Belongs to the Ages: A Presentation of Abraham Lincoln's Life, Death, and Funeral." The exhibit began Friday evening and continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home on 127 S. Logan St. in Lincoln. Special presentations by Virgil Davis, founder of the Museum of Funeral Customs in Springfield, and historians Paul Beaver and Ron Keller will focus on the life and death of Abraham Lincoln. In addition, special displays will be open, featuring a full-sized replica of Lincoln's funeral casket, authentic 1860s-era funeral carriage and Lincoln funeral items.

The third annual Civil War ball will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Lincoln Park District Sports Center, 1400 Primm Road. 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 ball.


Bring your lawn chair and get ready to enjoy more music at the Railsplitter Festival bluegrass jam from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Logan County Fairgrounds. And, back by popular demand, is storyteller and dulcimer musician Mike Anderson with his award-winning yarns, jokes and stories. Anderson will perform at noon Saturday and Sunday.

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There will also be a cemetery walk at Old Union Cemetery, 114 N. Chicago St., at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society, the walk is $5, and children under 10 years of age can participate at no charge. "Reflections of Times Past" will feature interpretations of eight historical area residents.

Hungry? The Railsplitting Festival will have a farmers market Saturday and Sunday at the county fairgrounds. Enjoy fresh, central Illinois-grown fruits and vegetables and home-baked goods. There will also be many food concessions at the fairgrounds.

For more information, check or call 217-732-8687.

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



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