Perryville commemoration is Oct. 6-8
Published 10:46 am Tuesday, October 3, 2023
By Fiona Morgan
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:
• noon – Event Opens
• 3 p.m. – Bourbon Chase
• 6 p.m. – Live Music (Baril Park).
• 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:
• 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.
• 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.