Lincoln Festival is this weekend

A two-day event that presents the history of this community and nation in entertaining fashion returns for a second encore this weekend.
The Lincoln Heritage Festival, held in Vandalia parks along Fillmore Street, begins mid-morning on Saturday and continues through mid-afternoon on Sunday.
The festival opens to the public at 10 a.m., when Civil War camps open in Sonnemann Park and the Sons of the American Revolution present a program on the history of the U.S. flag.
Also at 10 a.m. is the first of five outdoor theatre presentations, “Long Nine,” in the Rogier Park gazebo, as well children’s activities in the Locust Street pavilion in Vandalia City Park, period arts and crafts along historic walking trails and tomahawk-throwing demonstrations.
The five outdoor theater skits begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The children’s activities include a watermelon-eating contest, three-legged races, sack races, bobbing for apples, pony rides, a magic show with Wayne Hale, and instruction on shooting marbles and pitching horseshoes.
A wagon pulled by tractor will take festival visitors from place to place, beginning at 10 a.m.
Beginning at 11 a.m. is a round-robin vintage baseball tournament featuring five teams, including a local squad, at Vandalia Mutual Insurance Field.
Also at 11 a.m., “The Scrap Iron Band” will begin performing in the Greer Park pavilion.
The first of two Civil War re-enactments will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Sonnemann Park.
A Civil War ball with music by “Salt Creek String Band” will be held from 8-10 p.m. at the American Legion Home, 321 S. Seventh St. There is no admission charge for the ball.
The festival opens at 9:30 a.m.on Sunday with a church service in the Greer Park pavilion.
Starting at 11 a.m. are the outdoor theater performances, a vintage bluegrass music, children’s activities and tomahawk-throwing demonstrations. Civil War camps and museum tents also open at 11 a.m.
The second Civil War re-enactment in Sonnemann Park begins at 2 p.m.

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