September 16, 2012, Story and Slideshow By Nancy Saul, Mother Nature smiled on the 42ndAnnual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival Saturday at the Logan County Fairgrounds, sending along an abundance of sunshine and moderate temperatures.
The highlight of the festival, the annual professional railsplitting contest, will take place at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, following a 3 p.m. reenactment of Abraham Lincoln’s christening of his namesake city.
Sunday’s activities will begin with a community church service at 10 a.m. Contests will include a tomahawk throw and corn shelling and water boil contests.
Sunday will also feature storyteller/musician Mike Anderson, period craft demonstrations, bluegrass music, food, craft vendors, a flea market, an antique bicycle show, pioneer village, children’s games, a steam show and other attractions.
The festival began Friday night with a Civil War Ball held at Lincoln Park District.
During Saturday’s contests, Heidi Muller won the ladies’ firewood split. Muller, who has been splitting for 21 years (since she was 12), said this is her first split this year, due to illness. She took only 3 minutes and 10 seconds to split her log into eight pieces of firewood. She won 15 golden dollars for her prize.
Karen Williams of Doniphan, Mo., came in second; Stephanie Freidlein of Leroy came in third; and Jerri Williams of Germantown took fourth place.
Larry Yount and Larry Hill, both of Greenville, Mo., took first place in the log rolling contest. Eric and Nick Williams of Donaphan, Mo., took second; Noah and Dennis Williams of Donaphan took third; and Jason Bettenhauser of Mokena and Kyle Friedlein of Leroy took fourth.
Saturday night activities included a play, “Pleasant Sage,” written by Amanda Martin and Lisa Kuhlman. Actors were Robert Kurka, Dustin Stribling, Mike Koke, Maurece “Skeet” Stribling, Patty Allen, Cindi Stribling, Rebekah Crider, Ian Crider, Sheralyn Bolton, Josh Arnold and Silas Martin. Alexis Siltman and Grace Kuhlman were in charge of cue cards and Amanda Martin, Devin Vannoy and Skeet Stribling made up the production crew.
Extra chairs had to be set up in front of the Lincoln Stage to accommodate the audience.
A square dance, with caller Ozzie Pearl, ended the evening.