Perryville commemoration is Oct. 6-8

Published 9:55 am Thursday, October 5, 2023

By Fiona Morgan

fiona@amnews.com

Perryville Battlefield is celebrating its 161st anniversary Oct. 6-8, starting with events in downtown Perryville on Friday and Saturday, and events at the Perryville Battlefield State Park on Saturday and Sunday.

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Downtown events are coordinated by Main Street Perryville. Events start at noon Friday, and the bourbon chase comes through Perryville around 3 p.m. Living History can be found all day Friday and Saturday at the Karrick-Parks House and throughout downtown.

Ryan Raikes will be at Magnolia Manor on Friday at 6 p.m. for free music. Downtown, there will be food, vendors, horse and carriage rides, and more.

The kids’ corner is free this year, with inflatables, a corn maze, and rock-climbing wall. There will be a Pullin’ in Perryville Kids Pedal Tractor Pull, where kids aged 3-10 can take their chance at winning their age class. This new event is in memory of Dickie Mayes.

The downtown parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, and $50 prizes will be given to the best decorated float, best decorated vehicle, and best decorated animal. For information on the pageants and other events, go to downtownperryville.com/perryville-commemoration.

The downtown Perryville schedule is below:

• Friday:

noon – Event Opens

3 p.m. – Bourbon Chase

6 p.m. – Live Music (Baril Park).

• Saturday:

11 a.m. – Parade

noon – Pageants start (Baril Park); and Jessamine County Heel Tappers (E. Third Street).

2 p.m. – Corn Hole Tournament (Smith Street); and Street Fighting (Merchants Row).

4 p.m. – Pedal Tractor Pull

6 p.m. – Live Music (Baril Park)

9 p.m. – Ghost Walk

The Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site will have a living history and commemoration on October 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be tours, living historians showing rifle and cannon demonstrations, and civilian life, and lectures. The event is a commemoration and not a battle reenactment.

There will be free museum admission Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the event go to www.PerryvilleBattlefield.org.

The full schedule of battlefield events is below:

• Saturday:

9 a.m. – Living History Area, and Museum Opens.

11 a.m. – Larry Peterson, Author: Book Signing and Lecture, Decisions at Perryville, at Civil War Hall.

noon – Memorial Service and Wreath-Laying at Union and Confederate monuments

1 p.m. – Don Elmore portrays Confederate General Simon Bolivar Buckner, at Civil War Hall.

2 p.m. – Artillery Demonstration (along Maney’s fence near living history area)

3 p.m. – Bryan Bush portrays Union Veteran Colonel John Beatty at Perryville, at Civil War Hall.

4 p.m. – Gerald Fisher, Author: Book Signing and Lecture, Guerilla Warfare in Kentucky, at Civil War Hall.

• Sunday:

9 a.m. – Living History Area and Museum Open

10 a.m. – Artillery Demonstrations (along Maney’s fence near history area)

11:30 a.m. – Nature Walk given by the Office of the Kentucky Nature Preserve

2 p.m. – Artillery Demonstrations (along Maney’s fence near living history area)

3 p.m. – Living History Area Closes.

People can also take guided battlefield tours Saturday and Sunday, where they will learn about the opening attack. Saturday tours are 1 p.m. with Park Manager Bryan Bush; and a 3 p.m. extended tour with Guide Bill Nelson.

Sunday tours are 10 a.m. with Park Manager Bryan Bush; and a noon extended tour with Guide Bill Nelson. People can meet the tour guides at the large cedar tree across the street from the museum.