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Postville Courthouse 

Held the third weekend in September


2021- 50th Annual National Ralsplitting Festival Schedule 

Will be held at the Postville Courthouse - 914 5th St. Lincoln, IL  - SEE THE ON MAP

 and the VFW- 915 5th St. Lincoln, IL - SEE THE ON MAP

 *CAR SHOW at The Mill Museum on Route 66 (738 S. Washington St.) - Museum Open from 12:00-4:00PM*- SEE MAP HERE


SATURDAY, September 18th:

10:00AM- Ribbon Cutting

10:30AM- Women's Firewood Splitting 

11:30AM- Team Railsplitting Contest

12:00PM- Apple Pealing Contest Begins

1:00PM- Crosscut Saw Contest

2:45PM- Egg Toss

3:15PM- Amateur Railsplitting Contest

*Postville Courthouse Open for Touring throughout the day*


12-4PM- CAR SHOW at The Mill Museum - 738 S. Washington St. 


SUNDAY, September 19th:

10:00AM- Non Denominational Church Service

11:00AM- Tomahawk Throwing Contest

12:30PM- Corn Shelling Contest

1:00PM- Water Boil Contest

2:00PM- Jr. Railsplitting Contest

3:00PM- Re-Christening of the Town of  Lincoln - Learn More

3:00PM- Professional Railsplitting Contest

Pioneer games and activities throughout both days along with LIVE MUSIC.  So, bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the weekend. 

*Postville Courthouse open for touring throughout the day*



The Railsplitting Festival began in 1970. It is a family festival celebrating the Pioneer Spirit of the time when Abraham Lincoln lived in Central Illinois. Come see hands on demonstrations of pioneer games and contests as well as: 

  • Log cutting competitions
  • Tomahawk throwing 
  • Corn shucking competitions 
  • Water boiling competitions
  • Flea market
  • Vendor show
  • Car show 
  • Food vendors
  • Music 
  • Amateur log splitting 
  • National log splitting 

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3rd Fridays in Downtown Lincoln

Downtown Lincoln

Held on the 3rd Friday May-July 

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Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival

Postville Courthouse 

Held the third weekend in September

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ALMH Farmers Market

Logan County Fairgrounds 

1408 Short 11th St.

Lincoln, IL 62656


Held on Saturdays 8am-12pm May-September 

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Balloons Over 66

Various locations throughout Lincoln

Held the end of August 

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Lincoln Christmas Express

Downtown Lincoln 

Beginning the last weekend in November


  • Gingerbread House Contest- Local residents can participate in creating a Gingerbread House. The houses will be judged by the community and will stay on display from December 11th - December 18th at the Lincoln Art Institute.  For more information and/or to enter a house, see the following form:  Gingerbread House Entry Form


  • Small Business Saturday
    • Beginning Saturday, November 27th, come tour 27 of your favorite Downtown local businesses to launch your Christmas Season. You will receive a ticket to be stamped at each location. Turn in your ticket by December 18th for a chance to win over $500 in local gift cards.
      *You must visit at least 10 participating locations and make a purchase (no minimum required, where applicable). Your ticket can be turned in at any participating business.
    • Your favorite participating businesses include...
      Abe's Carmelcorn, Bennet Funeral Home, Copper Penny, Debbie's Downtown Floral, Guest House Coffee & Pastries, Guzzardo's Italian Villa, Idle Hour, Indigo Quilt Studio, Mama's Arcade, Mary Todd's Hallmark, McEntire's Appliances, Mystic Rose Antiques, Pink Shutter, Podbelsek Family Creations, Renew Consignment, Sherwin Williams, Sir Renna Tea, Small Town Creations, Sorrento's Pizzeria, Spirited Republic, The Bee, & Top Hat Creamery


  • FREE Carriage Rides - Come take a ride in a carriage around the Courthouse Square. Friday nights from 5:00-8:00 PM - Nov. 26th; Dec. 3rd;  Dec. 10th;  Dec.17th and Saturday afternoons from 12:00-3:00 PM - Nov. 27th; Dec. 4th; Dec. 18th. 
    • A big thank you to all our sponsors who make this FREE event possible!
      Abe's Carmelcorn, Bennet Funeral Home, Copper Penny, Debbie's Downtown Floral, Deep Roots Cafe, Guest House Coffee & Pastries, Guzzardo's Italian Villa, Indigo Quilt Studio, Jenny Abbott - American Family Insurance, Joe Ryan - Country Financial, Lincoln Art Institute, Logan County Title Co., Mary Todd's Hallmark, Michelle Bauer - Country Financial, Renew Consignment, Sir Renna Tea, Small Town Creations, Sorrento's Pizzeria, Spirited Republic, The Bee, & Top Hat Creamery


  • Strolling Santa- Santa and Mrs. Claus will be strolling the downtown shops on Dec. 5th from 9:00-10:30 AM.


For more information visit the 2020 CHRISTMAS EXPRESS FACEBOOK EVENT


  • Christmas Cruise- Come kick off the holidays this year with the “Christmas Cruise 2021”, a drive-thru only parade experience! The Christmas Cruise is Thursday, December 2nd, 2020, starting at 6:30 PM.
    This year’s theme will be “Christmas Movies”. The “parade” will remain stationary on the East side of Kickapoo St. while cruisers (spectators) will travel down Kickapoo St., turn left on Pekin St., then left onto Chicago St. The cruise will end with Santa greeting the cars outside the Depot/Visitor Center. You must stay in your vehicle for the duration of the Cruise. (see map below)
    The Cruisers (spectators) can begin lining up at 6:15 pm. To avoid traffic congestion down Wyatt Ave., we are requiring the Cruisers to enter from the back parking lot of the High School, via Pulaski/Miller Streets. Cars will be guided through the parking lot and released onto Wyatt a few at a time. They will then travel down Wyatt Ave and turn right onto Kickapoo to start the Cruise route (see map below).
    Christmas Cruise Entry Participants: If you wish to have an entry in the Christmas Cruise in Downtown Lincoln, please fill out the form by clicking the link! -Christmas Cruise Participant/Float Entry Form


 For more information visit the CHRISTMAS CRUISE FACEBOOK EVENT










Logan County Fair

1408 Short 11th St.

Lincoln, IL 62656


Held at the end of July

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Route 66 Weekend

Lincoln, Illinois

Held the second weekend in June

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Lincoln, IL 62656

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10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sat. also
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