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'Battle of Sycamore'
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Calhoun County Park will sponsor the 2nd annual Fun Festival and the first re-enactment of the “Battle of Sycamore” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18-20.

There will be plenty of food available, including BBQ beef sandwiches, quartered chickens, baked beans, baked potatoes, snacks, and drinks.

Entertainment will include a dunking booth with local residents serving as targets, a nickel dime farm, goat petting and milking exhibit, and bluegrass music on Saturday and Sunday.

You can visit period-correct Civil War encampments and re-enactments by Calhoun’s 19th Regiment of the Virginia Cavalry, Co. A, “The Moccasin Rangers.”

Calhoun Historical Society will give tours of Heritage Village. Hay rides will be available to the village from the Herbert C. Smith building. Also at the village will be Civil War skits performed in character by “Belle Boyd,” schoolmarm and Civil War spy.

Patty Cooper, of Parkersburg, will portray "Belle Boyd," Confederate spy.

For competitors, corn-hole and golf-drive competitions are planned. For the shoppers, an open-air flea market will be set up. Crafters and artisans can call Shirley Ball, 354-0032, or Henry Cooper, 354-6858. Cost is $20. Bring your own table. Set up begins on Friday at 5 p.m. and will be open until Sunday at 6 p.m.

For information, visit or call 354-0032.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, Sept. 18

Afternoon is reserved for educational field trips.

  6 p.m., Special twilight artillery firing. 

Saturday, Sept. 19

10:30 a.m., Long drive contest    No entry fee. Bring clubs.

Noon, Heritage Village, Belle Boyd performs.

12:30 to 2 p.m., Basketball skills for students; dribbling shooting and   combinations.

  1 p.m., Troops prepare for battle. North/South face off.

  2 p.m., Battle of Sycamore begins.

  4 p.m., Corn-hole tournaments with trophies; two sets.

  4 to 7 p.m., Bluegrass musicians from W.Va. Bluegrass Alliance.

  6 p.m., Re-enactors’ dinner, Herbert C. Smith building.

Sunday, Sept. 20

8 a.m., Biscuits and gravy breakfast at Herbert C. Smith building.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Northern and Southern encampments open to civilian tours.

11 a.m., Period church service in a Civil War tent.

  1 p.m., Troops prepare.

  2 p.m., The Battle of Sycamore begins.

3:30 to 6 p.m., Bluegrass jam session; amateur musicians welcome.

4 p.m., Rifle raffle; winner drawn for Smith & Wesson 30.06 with scope/hard case. Tickets available until drawing time.

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