Friday, February 1, 2008

Lincoln Look-Alike Contest in Coldwater, Michigan

Lincoln Presenters, Ohio, 2006

Do you know someone who looks like Abraham Lincoln? If so, Coldwater, Michigan wants to meet them!

Anyone who looks like Lincoln is encouraged to put on their favorite Lincoln costume and stop by the Branch District Library between February 4 and February 9.

Participants will have their picture taken and a panel of judges will choose the winners. There will be three age-specific categories: children to age 12, teens 13-17, and adults 18 and over.

The age categories are interesting. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen that distinction in previous contests. I am most curious about the first two categories. Are children encouraged to depict Lincoln during his childhood? Or are they expecting to see a 9 year old in a black suit, fake beard, and stovepipe hat? I suppose the participants will have some artistic freedom to depict Lincoln as they see fit. It looks like fun!

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