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Columbus-Belmont State Park hosting 27th annual Civil War Days

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The 27th annual Civil War Days at Columbus-Belmont State Park is Oct. 13-15.

The weekend will include battle re-enactments, history and museum tours, Soldier camps, entertainment, food and more. Admission is free.

This three-day event begins with an Education Day Oct. 13. There will be cannon and rifle demonstrations, life of a Soldier and dance instruction. Students, scouts and groups are encouraged to participate, but everyone is invited to attend and take a closer look at history by taking a step back in time.

The opening ceremony is the evening of Oct. 13 with food and entertainment. Cannons will fire from the bluffs to end the ceremony and then there will be a Ghost Walk through the Confederate earthworks with lanterns lighting the way.

Events are scheduled throughout Oct. 14 including music and the Ladies Tea at 11 a.m.

The Civil War Ball the evening of Oct. 14 will feature music and dance instruction so individuals don’t have to be experienced to participate. The band for the evening is The 52nd Regimental String Band.

If individuals want to shop, they can find everything they need on “Sutler Row” where there will be tents set up with period clothing and accessories. There will be a Beautiful Belle and Handsome Gent contest before the dance and a Best Beard and Scraggly Beard contest during intermission.

Oct. 15 begins with a morning service as well as a memorial service in Columbus Cemetery.

The battles are at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15. They will feature guns firing, cannons blasting, horses running and tents burning.

The Civil War Days event is co-sponsored by Columbus-Belmont State Park, Civil War Days committee and the Hickman County judge executive’s office/Hickman County Fiscal Court.

The park is located on the Mississippi River in western Kentucky at the junction of highways 58, 80 and 123.

For more information, contact the park office at (270) 677-2327 or email cindy.lynch@ky.gov or visit www.parks.ky.gov. n