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Folks came from near and far to enjoy the Calhoun Days festival and ride the hay wagon to and from Heritage Village.


Jim and Evelyn McCormick spent their Saturday at the village making apple butter the old fashioned way.


Children enjoyed Heritage Village even though the concept of how their ancestors lived was beyond their understanding.


The thunder of cannon fire rolled through the hills of Mt. Zion Friday evening.


Union troops talk to the McDonalds about Confederate activity in the Sycamore area.


Rebel troops open fire with a cannon.




Calhoun County's Moccasin Rangers moved in on the McDonald cabin with guns blazing.


For a while they had the Yankees pinned to the area around the cabin.


Moccasin Ranger Captain, Dennis Carder, says goodbye to a fallen comrade.


The Rangers continued to move toward and fire at the troops at the cabin.

Union troops begin to flank the rebels.


The rebel flag bearers attempted to warn the Rangers.



 A rebel soldier tries to guard a fallen comrade.


The Rangers make a  last stand.



Yankee soldiers fire a volley and then .....



Charge the rebel position.



Only two of the Moccasin Rangers were captured alive .....



Tried before a quickly assembled military tribunal .......



Where they were found guilty, sentenced to death .....



and executed by firing squad.



All things considered, the re-enactors enjoyed the days activities.



The troops all assembled for  march to the front of the waiting crowd.












Since the festival occurred on September 11, the re-enactors held a moment of silence and fired  twenty-one gun salute in remembrance of the victims of the tragedy that occurred nine years ago.



The troops stand for review.









Captain Dennis Carder.



Some of the belles of the battle, Terry Harris, Maricia Mlynek, Mimi McDonald and Erin Brown.



 lone artillery encampment at the top of the hill overlooking the Cabin.



Lawrence Knotts, of Philippi, was gracious enough to take the stage and entertain the crowd
with banjo and harmonica during a break in the action.




Jim Miracle, Queen Flora Amara Yoak and Fred Cornell.



The Hackett sisters, Cheryl and Carole, of Parkersburg, took the stage to entertain the crowd.



The McCormicks, Dewayne, and son, Jeremy.....



were soon joined by daughter, and sister, Julie McCormick.
They kept the crowd happy Saturday evening with old favorites and original music.



Matt Heiney sang some tunes, accompanied by the McCormicks.



The re-enactor's encampment.



Nub Marks kept the encampment well supplied with firewood.



The idyllic setting of the reproduction McDonald cabin.






A beautiful double rainbow appeared over the park after a downpour Sunday evening.
(photo by Jackie Blankenship)




Harry Beall entertained festival goers Friday evening.





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