Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site is celebrating the arrival of autumn and the harvest season with games, crafts, contests and a 5K run on Sept. 24-25.
The free Harvest Frolic activities feature a variety of entertainment, including period music, Punch-and-Judy puppet shows and demonstrations of how oxen were used on an 1850s farm. The fun lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
The race – either a 5K run or a one-mile walk – begins Saturday at 9 a.m. Registration forms can be found under Events atwww.lincolnlogcabin.org.
Period artisans and craft demonstrators will line the pathways out to the historic farms. Many of the artisans will have items for sale. Even more activities are waiting at the farms, including children’s games, doll-making and open-hearth cooking. There will also be a cast iron skillet toss, two-man saw contest and the “dipping cup race.”
Younger kids will have plenty to do. Children 12 and younger can take part in a special scavenger hunt and a pie-eating contest.
Oxen demonstrations will take place periodically on both days, while a special ox-pulling activity for children will take place on the Sargent Farm twice daily.
Food and drinks will be for sale. The proceeds will support interpretive activities at the Lincoln Log Cabin site.
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is a part of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage area, which spans 42 Illinois counties where Lincoln lived and worked. The site is eight miles south of Charleston and is open seven days a week for free public tours.
The site is operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. IHPA protects the state’s historic resources, which contribute to education, culture and the economy. IHPA sites include ancient burial mounds, forts and buildings erected by settlers, and homes connected to famous Illinoisans.