Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival

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Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival

Postville Courthouse 

Held the third weekend in September


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 Postville Park (1300 5th St.) - SEE MAP HERE

The Mill Museum will be open from 12:00PM - 4:00PM


SATURDAY, September 16th: (Schedules still being finalized)

10:00 AM - Ribbon Cutting

11:30 AM - Women's Firewood Splitting 

12:00 PM - Team Railsplitting Contest

1:00 PM - Crosscut Saw Contest

3:15 PM - Amateur Railsplitting Contest

*Postville Courthouse Open for Touring throughout the day*



SUNDAY, September 17th:

9:00 AM - Non Denominational Church Service

11:00 AM - Tomahawk Throwing Contest

12:30 PM - Corn Shucking Contest

1:00 PM - Water Boil Contest

2:00 PM - Jr. Railsplitting Contest

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

3:15 PM - Professional Railsplitting Contest

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

*Postville Courthouse open for touring throughout the day*


Sign up for the â€‹Railsplitting Metric Century & Family Bike Ride - This ride is in conjunction with Lincoln's very own Railsplitting Festival. Ride includes routes of 62, 27, and 5 miles through historic Logan County, IL. ​The 62 and 27 milers enjoy the scenic views of our historic countryside while soaking in our hometown hospitality. We have SAG stops along the route that offer snacks, drinks, and a fun atmosphere to rest. The participants of the 62 and 27 mile ride will receive a free t-shirt. They will also receive a $5 food voucher to use after the ride at the Railsplitting Festival.

Register Online HERE




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
  • Vendor show
  • Car show 
  • Food vendors
  • Music 
  • Amateur log splitting 
  • National log splitting 

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Logan County Tourism Bureau

101 North Chicago Street
Lincoln, IL 62656

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