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McAllister festival breathes life into history

POSTED: September 4, 2013 5:00 a.m.
Magdalena Breeson/Bryan County News

Michael Abuzzi, right, pulls hard as he battles with a re-enactor in a game of Civil War-era tug-of-war Saturday during the Labor Day Festival at Fort McAllister State Historic Park.

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There was plenty of food, games and great weather at the Fort McAllister on Saturday, but families looking for a little taste of the past this holiday weekend certainly weren’t disappointed.
The Labor Day Festival at the historic state park was as much about learning Civil War history as it was about enjoying one of the last weekends of summer.
“Today we’re doing demonstrations, cannon firings, musket firings and we’re also setting up some games for the kids,” said Clint Stanley, a historical re-enactor at Fort McAllister. “We’re supposed to be doing activities related to labor here at the fort, such as churning butter, spinning yarn, cooking and we’ve also got a blacksmith — that sort of thing.”
More than 20 re-enactors, all volunteers at the park, worked together to recreate a typical day in the life during Civil War times. While some churned butter and tended the garden, others delighted guests with musket and artillery demonstrations.
Despite the climbing heat index, all of the re-enactors completed their tasks wearing the same heavy garb their forefathers likely did.

Read full story in Sept. 4 issue of the Bryan County News. 

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