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Hodgenville’s Lincoln Days honors area heritage

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Activities scheduled Friday and Saturday

By Amber Coulter

Hodgenville will celebrate the area’s most famous former resident this weekend.

The annual Lincoln Days begin Friday.

Opal Dail, who is helping organize the event, said the festival will offer similar attractions as it has since being incorporated in 1975.

A notable issue this year has been the number of vendors seeking to set up booths. Organizers had to turn down some requests, Dail said.

“There’s an awful lot of interest,” she said.

The parade, which is Saturday, also is expected to have 100 entries, including several floats.

The parade always  has been large, especially because organization has been consistent and the demonstration includes antique tractors and cars being shown during the event, Dail said.

“We try to get it to where it only goes an hour,” she said.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Friday with booth setup. It continues at 7 a.m. Saturday with the Hodgenville Woman’s Club Breakfast and a parade at 2 p.m. Sunday events begin with the national anthem at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

The festival is important to the community because it celebrates the most well-known person who ever lived in the area, Dail said.

That heritage is acknowledged through the Lincoln Museum and the area’s two national parks which draw visitors from all over the world,

Many class reunions and family gatherings take place during Lincoln Days weekend so attendees also can visit the event, she said.

One of the event’s attractions is the Lincoln Oratory Contest at 9 a.m. Saturday, during which Lincoln re-enactors try to replicate the president’s famed speaking ability.

“That’s a draw for people to see Lincolns walking around,” she said.

The event offers residents a great way to honor Lincoln, Dail said.

“I think he was a very beloved president, and he’s our most famous citizen,” she said.

The Little Abe and Sarah Look-Alike Contest at 10 a.m. Saturday now includes some of the children of former participants wearing their parents’ old costumes, Dail said.

“It’s like a generational thing now,” she said.

The festival offers the entertainment, games and fun for which it has become known, Dail said.

“We want everybody to come and have a good time and enjoy it and come back every year,” she said.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.lincolndays.org.

Amber Coultercan be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.