Each year, hundreds of volunteers from all over the country gather at Picacho Peak State Park to re-enact a little-known Civil War engagement, the Battle at Picacho Pass.
This year, the re-enactments will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the skirmish, and Arizona's statehood centennial.
"To me, by far the most important thing [about this event] is the educational component," says Christopher DeMille, Kartchner Caverns park manager and Civil War re-enactor. The re-enactments bring in over 200 re-enactors and about 4,000 spectators each year.
Re-enactors strive to create an authentic Civil War experience. They dress in authentic period attire, use period equipment, and will even fire Civil War cannons. for certain re-enactments. The event will also feature entertainment, DeMille says.
"There's three different camps--there's a Confederate, a federal, and a civilian camp with tents set up--so people can go through and see how the soldiers lived, what they ate, the kind of equipment they carried," says DeMille. "There's also ... music of the time period, and there is also a vendor area."
Picacho Peak State Park will host the re-enactments on Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (entry allowed 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) with a $10 entrance fee per vehicle. All ages are welcome.
Download the event schedule