The City of Andersonville will host thousands this weekend for the 37th annual Andersonville Historic Fair. The unique and authentic community will provide a jolt to the local economy and raise funds to support the Andersonville Guild historical society.
Things kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wirz Monument with the opening ceremony, featuring the 10th Georgia Volunteer Infantry. Following the ceremony, at 10 :15 a.m., Jackie Cross and the Southern Gunslingers will reenact Old West shoot-outs on Main Street. Meanwhile, Kaleigh Courson will be at the Pioneer Opera Barn.
At 11 a.m. the parade will take place on Main street. At 11:45 p.m. Jerry G and the Alternators will perform at the Pioneer Opera Barn. Musical performances throughout Saturday include encore performances from Kaleigh Courson and Jerry G and the Alternators, Tired Creek, Mike Vand De Velde, Sandy Creek Cloggers and John Penny.
The Andersonville Historic Fair will also feature the Civil War Days with Confederate and Union encampments, and mock battles, scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Along with the mock battle, another full schedule of activities and performances is set for Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Wirz Monument. Performances kick off at 10 a.m. with Ron & Mary at the Pioneer Barn. The Southern Gunslingers will shoot it out on Main Street at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. John Penney will perform at the Easterlin Bandstand throughout the day and Jerry G and the Alternators will take the stage at Pioneer Opera Bard at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
At 4 p.m. a raffle for two items will be held; a $200 Visa gift card and a handmade Irish chain quilt will be given away.
Artists Shawn Bland and Billy Morgan will also be featured along with several arts and craft vendors. Wet plate photographer, Jeffery Cheatwood will be on hand, and Ken Purdy, Andersonville’s resident blacksmith, will also be featured. And of course, there will be plenty of food vendors, as well.
The Andersonville Guild promotes economic development through tourism in Andersonville and historic preservation through renovations of many historic buildings in Andersonville and the preservation projects in the Drummer Boy Museum. For more information go to www.andersonvillegeorgia.info.