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Rienzi hosts battle reenactment, festival
by Jebb Johnston
May 01, 2013 | 139 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RIENZI — A big weekend is set in Rienzi with the town’s third annual Civil War battle reenactment and spring festival.

Activities are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday as the spring festival is combined with the reenactment for the first time.

“We decided to put the two together to bring in even more people,” said Mayor Walter Williams.

Friday is school day, when students will visit the reenactment site. Reenactment activities are set for 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, while festival activities will go throughout the weekend. Vendors will fill booths for the festival, and reenactment activities are located across the railroad tracks on Highway 356.

The event experienced growth last year with more than 50 participating reenactors, and Williams looks for 80 to 90 this year.

“We are getting calls from Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina,” he said. “People are traveling a long way. These guys really get into this.”

Many of the reenactors seem to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the small-scale event as opposed to some of the big battle events, the mayor said.

The reenactment is under the direction of the 3rd Tennessee Cavalry & 48th Tennessee Infantry, and all reenactors are welcome to get involved.

“It is good for the town and gives the people something to do,” said Williams.

Reenactor fee is $5, and the vendor/sutler fee is $10.

Interested sutlers and vendors may contact Williams at 808-0917.
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