MARION COUNTY -- The 13th annual Mid-Valley Civil War Re-enactment will be held July 1-4 at Willamette Mission State Park.
The park is off Windsor Island Road north of Keizer, reached by Highway 219 (North River Road) out of Keizer.
Presented by the Northwest Civil War Council, this is one of the major events of the year for re-enactors and promises to be educational and exciting for spectators. Approximately 1,000 reinactors are expected at the event, demonstrating actual living and fighting conditions of the early 1860s.
They will be in period dress, living in authentically detailed camps and recreating the battles of the Civil War. Visitors will be able to see demonstrations throughout the weekend.
Battles involving hundreds of re-enactors including cavalry, infantry, artillery, and medical units of the Civil War are scheduled each day at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The camps and demonstrations are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 1-3, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on July 4. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and students age 6 to 18, and free for children under 6. A day-use fee is also charged at the park.
The sponsoring Northwest Civil War Council (NCWC) is a non-profit living history organization dedicated to educating the public and our members about the American Civil War. Members wear authentically reproduced clothing, utilize black powder weapons, cook over open fires, sleep in canvas tents and participate in battle reenactments.
Many speak in the manner and use the etiquette of the 1860s. Visitors are encouraged to walk through all the camps and ask questions, and to watch the events including a hospital demonstration after each battle.
For more information: Scott Ingalls, 541-791-1291 or firstname.lastname@example.org.