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Forkland Festival is Oct. 10-11

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By The Staff

The Forkland Heritage Festival and Revue will be held Oct. 10-11, near Gravel Switch at the Forkland Community Center on Highway 37. The hours of the event will be Friday from noon to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This year's theme is "Roots, Trunk and Branches, Abraham Lincoln's Connections to the Forkland Community."

Take part in countryside wagon tours to a woodland waterfall; walk to a working sorghum molasses mill, to a Cherokee summerhouse and to a Civil War re-enactor's encampment. Visit an Indian teepee filled with relics. Observe genealogical charts and heritage displays and demonstrations of old-time skills and antique machinery. Enjoy an old-fashioned bean supper with a live original drama afterwards. A silent auction for one-of-a-kind beautiful handcrafted items, plus a special photo contest will also be held.

The Forkland community will be celebrating its family connections to Lucey Shipley Hanks Sparrow, grandmother of Abraham Lincoln. Lucey, the mother of Lincoln's mother Nancy Hanks, settled in Forkland with her second husband, Henry Sparrow, and raised eight children. The newly expanded Forkland Community Center Lincoln Museum exhibits many historical artifacts related to Lincoln, the Sparrow family, and other aspects of Forkland history.

A pancake breakfast and Fox & Hound run will be held Saturday morning; entertainment and craft shops available all day. Friday morning is an award-winning educational field day for school children to truly experience the past. Friday afternoon is suggested for senior citizen groups. Admission charge is $2 for adults and $1 for children (free for preschool age children). Advance group admission tickets are available at a discount. This year's Old Country Supper Theatre presentation will tell some of the story of Lucey and Henry Sparrow. Supper theatre tickets are $15 each and reservations are required.