Jacksonville’s Civil War re-enactment is celebrating its 20th year of existence this year.
Organizers are getting ready for this weekend’s Grierson Days event in Community Park. It’s the first year the event has not been put on by the Grierson Society, although they’re still involved. The Jacksonville Convention and Visitors’ Bureau is putting on the show.
Brittany Henry is the bureau executive director.
“It really takes an army of people to put on this event and we have defiantly found that out this year. It is a great event for the community and preserves the history of this annual event,” says Henry.
“We do not have a lot of historical events for our community, besides the Prairieland Chautauqua. This is a big part of the history to Jacksonville, that is why it is so important for us to keep this event going. This is not only for our community, but for leisure travelers that come to our community for this event as well.”
Henry says organizers are keeping an eye on the weather.
“If we see any concerns we will postpone any activities at that time. When the weather clears up we will continue the event as planned,” says Henry.
New this year will be the re-enactment of the Butternut Guerillas, to be performed Saturday at 3:30 and Sunday at 1:30. Dave Kuhn, who portrays General Benjamin Grierson, talks about the event.
Kuhn and Henry were guests on WLDS’ “What’s On Your Mind?” this morning. You can hear the full interview on the “What’s On Your Mind?” section of WLDS/WEAI.com.
World War I and II demonstrations will be held on Saturday at 1 and 2 p-m, respectively.
Other highlights on the schedule include the Civil War Ball from 7 to 10 p-m Saturday at the Nichols Park Pavilion. There are old-time baseball games scheduled throughout the weekend, with Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard and State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer scheduled to throw out ceremonial first pitches.
The full list of events is available on www.griersonsociety.org.