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2018 Moorpark Blue and Gray Civil War Reenactment

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Don’t miss the 18th Annual Moorpark Blue and Gray Civil War Reenactment on March 17-18, 2018 at the Hitch Ranch in Moorpark, California, the largest battle reenactment on the West Coast. Hundreds of Reenactors and thousands of spectators come from all over the state and nation each year for this spectacular event. Moorpark Blue and Gray Civil War Reenactment activities include four battle reenactments (with cannon and musket fire), Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address, solider and civilian encampments, Confederate army surrendering to the Union army and period dancing and music.

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The featured battles vary each year, but are always torn from the pages of history. Much time is spent in planning its reenactment for the time and space available. The Moorpark Blue and Gray Civil War Reenactment is presented by the Rotary Club of Moorpark, and is designed to educate the public about the historical significance of the Civil War and its effect on the United States including the abolishment of slavery. There will also be historic dancing and music playing near the food court.

The Encampment
Union and Confederate encampments can be visited where various demonstrations occur, such as blacksmithing, doctor’s tent, the chapel, the use of arms and cooking on an open fire, etc. The soldiers are in authentic costumes and stay in character as they converse with the public, transporting them back to the 1860s. The Civilian Camp is right alongside the soldier’s camps. Demonstrations here include many skills needed for day-to-day life in that period, such as sewing, weaving, cooking, etc.

Sutlers
Sutlers are civilian merchants who sell provisions to an army in the field, in camp, or in quarters. Sutlers sold wares from the back of a wagon or a temporary tent, traveling with an army or to remote military outposts. At the Moorpark Blue and Gray Civil War Reenactment, they will be selling reenacting supplies and uniforms, shoes, leather goods, weapons, (non-firing, non-functional), and other related items.

Hours: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Admission:
Save money and purchase your tickets online.
This year we are offering New Family and VIP Packages AND Coupon Specials. Click the “read more” below for ticket prices, discounts, specials and other information:

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$20/adults (online, $22 at the gate, Early Bird $14] $15/students: ages 6 through 17 (online, $17 at the gate, Early Bird $11] Family Package (online only): Includes 4 Admission Tickets and 4 Bleacher Seats for 2 Battles. Only $85.00…Savings up to $40. [Early Bird $70] Free/ages 5 and under.
Bleacher Seats: additional $4 per person, per battle.
Parking: $5 per car.
Free Shuttle: Shuttle will take visitors to the event site.

VIP DELUXE FAMILY PACKAGE (Only available online until March 9, 2018): Includes 4 Admission Tickets, VIP Parking, Special VIP Bleacher seating for 2 battles, 4 Soda or Water Drink Tickets at Rotary Beverage Booth, 4 Sandwich/Food Tickets at Rotary Food Booth. Also, special VIP seating in Covered Tents! Only $120… Savings up to $60. [Early Bird $95]

Please Note: Bleacher seats are optional, but preferable for the best viewing experience. Parking is $5 (VIP excluded) with Free shuttles provided. If you have any questions regarding the weather, please note that this website will reflect this information. Our phone is 805.279.5253 or email [email protected] Handicapped parking is available, please be aware this is an open field and the ground is not smooth.

Online Tickets – Group & Family Tickets

School Field Trips – Group Rates & More! Teachers – Get in the Zone:
Bring American History to Life! To get students to fully appreciate what it was like during the American Civil War, there is no better way to share those impressions than to take them to a quality Civil War Reenactment, or encourage them to attend and gather information that they can submit for extra class credit.

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Over the past several years, we have had a number of educators call and arrange for a group discount in order to take their American History class to our event on Saturday or Sunday. When you see the smiles on their faces and the enthusiasm of the students while they’re learning about events during the War, you realize what a wonderful educational experience it is for them. They get to see first-hand what a typical Civil War encampment looks like, the surgeon’s tent, the soldier’s clothing, their guns and ammunition, canons firing, the thrill of talking to Abraham Lincoln and General Lee, a typical soldier’s mess, and they’ll be able to talk to re-enactors, in full costume and in character. All of this will bring the experience to life for the students.

If you haven’t planned a field trip for your history class, we encourage you to consider our event. There is no better history lesson for your students than to expose them to the look and feel of our American Civil War and the extreme sacrifices that so many made in our Country for the freedoms that we enjoy today as a free Nation.

Our event committee has approved a special Group Rate. See Group Reservations (20 or more) in the Contact section of this website. Go to “Group Reservations” for more information on ordering your tickets today.

There is ample food service, reasonably priced at our event in our food court along with tables and chairs for keeping your group together.

On our website, you will find several photos that will show you what our event looks like and what your students can expect to see in the encampment. Your students can see both North and South encampments. We expect to have over 700 re-enactors and their families in costume along with a large contingent of Civil War Sutlers, that were the merchants of that era that followed the encampments.

We have also posted a Civil War Questionnaire that your students can complete by gathering information at the event. They have to do interviews, in many cases, to gather the information, so it’s a live learning experience.

Finally, you will find links above to two short VIDEO clips, that we produced, called Gettysburg. Please click on the links and take a look. They are quality pieces of Abraham Lincoln reciting the Gettysburg address interspersed with battle scenes of past year’s events. It’s quite moving and I would encourage you to play it for your American History class. The other video is quite good too.

This event is all about teaching our younger generation of the sacrifices that were made by so many during our American Civil War. And there is no better way to communicate that than by scheduling a field trip to our event and letting us host you and your class to a wonderful learning experience.

Please go to Contacts / Group Reservations for more information.

Moorpark Blue and Gray Civil War Reenactment - Hitch Ranch - Rotary Club of Moorpark

Location
Hitch Ranch
100 West High Street
Moorpark, CA 93020
Access the Blue and The Gray Civil War Reenactment site at the West end of High street directly opposite the entrance to Moorpark’s Post Office. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. both days, with two battles on Saturday(12 & 3) and two on Sunday (12 & 3)

Schedule (tentative, from prior year)
Saturday
10:00 Event officially begins
10:30 Evans & Rogers (Stage)
11:00 Military Band Concert-Band of the Richmond Howitzer Battalion (Stage)
11:30 Military Band Concert—Mountain Fifes and Drum Corps (Field)
12:00 FIRST ENGAGEMENT ( Preceded by “Cavalry Clash!” and followed by the “Gettysburg Address,” and “The Grand Review”)
1:00 Infantry and Cavalry Demonstrations (Field)
1:30 Military Band Concert – The Armory Band (Stage)
2:00 Civil War Period Dance Class – Public Participation encouraged (Dance Floor)
2:30 Artillery Gun and Team Demonstration, 3rd U.S. Artillery (Field)
3:00 SECOND ENGAGEMENT (Followed by the “Gettysburg Address”)
3:45 Surrender at Appomattox (Stage)
4:15 A Conversation with President Lincoln and the Generals (Stage)
5:00 Spectators Depart

Sunday
10:00 Event officially begins
10:30 Evans & Rogers (Stage)
11:00 Military Band Concert-Band of the Richmond Howitzer Battalion (Stage)
11:30 Military Band Concert—Mountain Fifes and Drum Corps (Field)
12:00 FIRST ENGAGEMENT ( Preceded by “Cavalry Clash!” and followed by the “Gettysburg Address,” and “The Grand Review”)
1:00 Infantry and Cavalry Demonstrations (Field)
1:30 Military Band Concert – The Armory Band (Stage)
2:00 Civil War Period Dance Class – Public Participation encouraged (Dance Floor)
2:30 Artillery Gun and Team Demonstration, 3rd U.S. Artillery (Field)
3:00 SECOND ENGAGEMENT (Followed by the “Gettysburg Address”)
3:45 Surrender at Appomattox (Stage)
4:15 A Conversation with President Lincoln and the Generals (Stage)
5:00 Spectators Depart

For More Information:
Rotary Club of Moorpark: 805 279-5253 [email protected]om
General Contact: Dale Parvin (805)523-3370
Group Reservations: Carolyn (805) 433-9188
Sponsorship: Scott Hess [email protected]

Moorpark Blue and Gray Civil War Reenactment - Hitch Ranch - Rotary Club of Moorpark

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Blue and The Gray Civil War Reenactment on March 17-18, 2018 at the Hitch Ranch in Moorpark, California.

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