February 6, 2014

Civil War show is fun for the entire family

The Chickamauga Civil War Show returns to the trade center this weekend for the 19th year in a row.

Somehow, each year promoter Mike Kent manages to top the year before. This year, Kent says he’ll have at least 500 vendor tables, the largest number ever and about 30 more than last year.

The vendors come from all over the United States and will include at least one dealer from the United Kingdom. Kent says these dealers are constantly scouring the world for new artifacts and always have something unique and new to display for sale.

In recent years, he’s also expanded the show to include memorabilia from the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. And that has proven to be a big hit with customers. Many Americans have a growing interest in the wars their fathers and grandfathers fought in, and Kent says items from these wars are generally less expensive than Civil War memorabilia. So they provide a good way for children and other newcomers to get involved in collecting.

In addition to the Civil War show, Dalton State College’s Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia presents a free colloquium on Saturday at the trade center on the Atlanta Campaign, with several noted historians and authors talking about the campaign.

The Civil War Show is great fun for the family, with admission just $8 and children under 12 admitted free.

The show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the colloquium starts at 9 on Saturday. So if you have some free time and have an interest in history, plan on dropping by.


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