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To the Editor:
I would like to thank all of the visitors who visited Carroll County Community Park for the 2012 Fighting McCook Heritage Weekend. I would like thank our cast of Civil War re-enactors and sutlers (traveling merchants). I know they had a wonderful time bringing our great history back to life. I would also like to thank Carrollton’s Bell Herron Middle School for the privilege of having some our “characters” visit an assembly held especially for them. This allowed us to invite the kids first hand to attend the festivities and experience what life was like 150 years ago.

Every boy and girl between the ages of 9 and 15 that showed up and signed in got a real taste of 19th century life. This event helped us to develop and accomplish three primary goals with these kids: Remembrance, appreciation and dedication. Remembering historic events of the past, appreciation for the sacrifices of young and old alike during the terrible times of war and dedication to our families, our organizations, and our communities all of which contribute to forming this country. Civil wars are not unique to America however, for a nation to re-unite, to overcome these differences and persevere is unique to the USA. That is why re-enacting the American Civil War is not only popular here but in many other countries around the globe.

We would also like to thank our sponsors for their contributions. American Electric Power, Crown Oilfield Services of Bayou Vista, La. for the Buffalo Dinner & Dance, Gateway Royalty LLC of Carrollton for funding the cannon and Chesapeake Energy of Canton for the Gatling Gun and the local sponsors Ace Hardware, Circle K, FH Shuttle, Braces LLC, Tom’s Roll-off Service, Carrollton Civic Club and the Carroll County Historical Society.

In closing a special thanks to Mark Walters and Troop 141, Shirley Anderson at the McCook House and Dale Alexander, Director for the Carroll Community Parks District, his staff and the board of directors for their support during the various stage. We could not have been this successful without the help of any of these fine folks.

Gary Harris
2012 Fighting McCook Fall Festival
Event Coordinator

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