Monday, September 14, 2009
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National Railsplitting Festival in Lincoln features new and returning events

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[September 14, 2009]  The 39th annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival on Sept. 18, 19 and 20 will feature events for all, from storytellers to Civil War-era dancing to tomahawk throwing to railsplitting contests and more.

RestaurantNew to the festival this year is a special Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial event on Friday. Storytellers Brian "Fox" Ellis and Mike Anderson will entertain at the Lincoln Rec Center. Anderson is back by popular demand. He has honed his skills as a storyteller and is one of the best yarn-spinners and worst pun-tellers anywhere. His superb styling as a communicator makes him a favorite. Following him will be Ellis, whose goal is to be an inspiration to his audiences, offering them a chance to gather a deeper sense of who they are in relation to the human history and natural world around them. Ellis has been entertaining audiences for the past 29 years, offering some education along the way through song, myth, poetry and stories. This event is free to the public.

The third annual Civil War Ball will be on Saturday from 7-10 p.m. at the Lincoln Rec Center. This is a great opportunity 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.

Other interesting events are the Captain Bogardus Trap Shoot on Saturday at the Lincoln Sportsmen's Club and the Route 66 Car Show, which is sponsored by the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club both days at the fairgrounds. There will also be daily attendance drawings.

Get ready to enjoy more music at the bluegrass jam throughout the day Saturday and Sunday at the Logan County Fairgrounds. The Illinois Country Music Association will also be part of the festival this year, performing on the Abe Stage on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. as well as wandering the grounds, entertaining as they go. The ICMA 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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Then, of course, are the railsplitting competitions, including amateur and professional. The national competition begins at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday and will be preceded by this year's bicentennial re-enactment of the christening of the city of Lincoln, with Gary Simpkins as the featured Lincoln interpreter.

Hungry? The festival will include a farmers market, and several concession stands will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Enjoy fresh central Illinois-grown fruits and vegetables, home-baked goods and much more.

Don't forget to visit the flea market, antiques booths, craft booths, historical displays, working craft area and much more on both dates. The complete festival book is available online.

The Logan Railsplitting Association thanks all of their sponsors who helped to make this year's event possible.

For more information, check out the festival Web site at or call 217-732-8687.

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

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