Grierson Days event saved for 2015 at least

By Gary Scott on January 21, 2015 at 5:21pm

Fans of Civil War re-enactments in Jacksonville can relax- Grierson Days is coming back for a 20th year.

The Jacksonville Convention and Visitors Bureau board unanimously agreed to take over the event from the Grierson Society, according to board member and Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard, during a Wednesday meeting.

Ezard says there are no specifics about how Grierson Days will be run.

“It’s one of the signature events in Jacksonville and Morgan County, and it draws people, and we felt especially since it’s the 20th year that we can’t walk away from it. We need to move forward and and have this event,” he says. “We’re not sure how or who’s going to run the event at this time.”

There are still a number of details that need to be ironed out. In addition to potentially working with citizen groups, Ezard says the Jacksonville Convention and Visitors’ Bureau will work with the Grierson Society and event chairman Ron Gray, who announced the cancellation of Grierson Days last week.

“We’re going to have to work with re-enactors that we’re not familiar with. There’s a number of things we’re going to have to work through and things that might be a little bit different,” says Ezard. “We just felt it’s too important of an event not to continue.”

Grierson Days has been celebrated in Community Park. It honors General Benjamin Grierson, who has Jacksonville ties and who led an important raid for the Union against the Confederacy in Tennessee and Louisiana in 1863.