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HODGENVILLE. (AP) - Organizers of an Abraham Lincoln celebration near his Kentucky birthplace say the government shutdown won't deter the weekend festivities.
The festival in Hodgenville begins Saturday. Coordinator Philip Setters told The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown (http://bit.ly/15KTrY1 ) the two-day event would go on despite the closure of the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park.
"We have a tradition of being able to go on even if the federal government can't show up," Setters said.
A post on the event's website Thursday said the shutdown "does not affect Lincoln Days."
The annual event includes food, crafts, a children's scavenger hunt, a cross-cut sawing competition and a Lincoln look-alike contest.
Setters said the possible rainy weather could be a more important factor for the event than a continuing shutdown in Washington.
"Our turnout will be more weather-dependent than any other factor," he said.
The park, along with all other national parks, closed on Tuesday.
Information from: The News-Enterprise, http://www.thenewsenterprise.com
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