Lincoln Days begins Saturday

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By Linda Ireland

Lincoln Days 2013 is this weekend.


The 16th President is always the star at his hometown’s festival but his popularity skyrocketed in the last couple of years after several big name movies were released.

So don’t be surprised if you see a few Lincoln Look-Alikes sporting West Coast sunglasses and attitude Saturday in downtown Hodgenville in honor of this year’s theme: Lincoln Goes Hollywood.

The Lincoln Look-Alike contest is 11 a.m. Saturday on Lincoln Square’s main stage. The Little Sarah, Little Abe and family costume contests precede it at 10.

The parade is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, with Skyler Hornback as grand marshal. Skyler, a LaRue County Middle School student, gained national attention when he won $66,600 during Jeopardy! Kids Week. It is the highest one-day total in Kids Week history and the third-highest one-day total in the show’s history.

The Band of Hawks will march in the parade. However, there will not be a band competition this weekend due to several bands dropping out.

As always, there will be plenty of music at the festival including local favorites, Jeremy Bell, The Bluegrass Express, Brighter Day, Grateful Heart, Eddie Black and the Prime Time Band. Salsa Rhythms, Jeff Knoop, Jim Sheldon, Al Elliott and Junell Street also appear.

New this year is Daniel Martin Moore, a Hardin County native with close ties to LaRue. His grandfather grew up in Tonieville.

“My granddad’s name is Noble Perry,” Moore wrote in an email. “He was born and raised in LaRue County but has since lived most of his life in Hardin County. He lived in LaRue up until he went into the Army in World War II.”

Moore’s first album, “Stray Age” was released in 2008 by Sub Pop Records. He has released four more albums through Sub Pop and his own label, Ol Kentuck Recordings.

His album “Dear Companion” drew attention to the problem of mountaintop removal coal mining. “In the Cool of the Day” is an album of spiritual recordings hearkening back to his family and childhood.

He and his band have toured extensively throughout the USA, Canada and Europe.

Children’s games will be set up Saturday near Hodgenville Christian Church, just off Lincoln Square. Ring toss, jump rope contest, face painting and prizes are a few of the offerings. The games close at 2 p.m.

The talent show is 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Lincoln Square with categories for ages 1 and up.

The festival’s signature events – pioneer games and railsplitting – return to Creek Front Park.

The pioneer games begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The railsplitting contest is at 2 p.m. Sunday with divisions for amateurs, professional and women.

The quilt show returns Saturday and Sunday to Hodgenville Christian Church. The historic sanctuary will be filled with handmade quilts, both modern and vintage.

The antique engine and tractor show will share Creek Front with the pioneer games on Saturday. Many of the tractors will appear in Saturday’s parade.

The car show will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Creek Front Park.

Descriptions of events and contests are available in the Lincoln Days special section, available in the Sept. 18 edition of The LaRue County Herald News, at www.lincolndays.org or www.laruecountyherald.com.


Lincoln Days Oct. 5-6

Saturday, Oct. 5
6 a.m. – Street Closed
8:25 a.m. – National Anthem
9 a.m. – Lincoln Oratory Contest in Lincoln Museum Community Room
9 a.m. – Tractor Show at Creek Front Park
9:45 a.m. – Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln presenters at Community Room
10 a.m. –    Little Abe & Sarah contests – Main Stage
10 a.m. – Craft time for kids at Lincoln Museum
10 a.m.-noon – Children’s Games – Christian Church
10 a.m.-5 p.m.  – Quilt Show in Christian Church
10:30 a.m. –  Pioneer Games Creek Front Park
10:30 a.m. – Art Show inside Lincoln Museum Community Room
11 a.m. –    Lincoln Look-Alike Contest - Main Stage
11:45 a.m. – Former pioneer games champs at Community Room
Noon – Music – Main Stage
2 p.m. – Parade
3 p.m. –    Music – Main Stage
3:30 p.m. – Lincoln Days volunteers speak at Community Room
5 p.m. –    Daniel Martin Moore – Main Stage
6:30 p.m. – Salsa Rhythms – Main Stage
7:30 p.m. – Talent Contest

Sunday, Oct. 6
8:30 a.m.    – National Anthem, followed by music
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Car Show at Creek Front Park
11 a.m. – Community Nondenominational Worship
Noon – Music – Main Stage
12:30 – 4:30 p.m. –    Art Show – Lincoln Museum Community Room
1 p.m. – Music – Main Stage
1 – 4 p.m. –  Quilt Show at Christian Church
1:30 p.m.    – Railsplitter 1 Mile Walk & Run – West Main & Walters Ave.
2 p.m. – Music
2 p.m. – Professional Railsplitting – Creek Front Park
2:15 p.m.    – Railsplitter 5k Walk & Run – West Main & Walters Ave.
3 p.m. – Music – Main Stage