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  • rotbaron@aol.com
    Mar 4 5:23 AM
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      From Hagerstown Herald -Mail (March 1).....

      RE-ENACTMENT ADVERTISING BEGINS

      The advertising campaign for the 140th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle
      of Antietam is under way, with ads for the Sept. 13-15 event placed in
      national publications including Better Homes and Gardens and the Ladies' Home
      Journal. Tickets for the Sept. 13-15 event will be available next week. Until
      then, people can call 1-888-248-4597 to have their names put on a list so
      they will be notified once tickets are available, Washington County Planning
      Director Robert Arch said.

      Spectators will need tickets to get onto the re-enactment grounds, which will
      be on farmland along Rench Road south of Hagerstown where the 135th
      anniversary re-enactment was held, said Dennis Frye, co-chairman of the
      Antietam Commemoration Committee, which is organizing the event. In addition
      to the daily battle re-enactments, the event will include demonstrations on
      daily life during the mid-1800s, Frye said.

      Advance one-day tickets cost $17 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12,
      Arch said.
      Advance two-day tickets cost $29 for adults and $16 for children.
      Advance three-day tickets cost $42 for adults and $22 for children.
      One-day tickets at the door will cost $20 for adults and $10 for children,
      Arch said.
      Parking is included in the ticket price.
      Admission is free for children younger than 6, he said.

      Special rates are available for groups of 20 or more, Arch said. For more
      information on group rates call 240-313-2430. Re-enactors who want to
      participate in the three-day event must register beforehand. Registration
      information should be available on the event Web site next week, Arch said.
      Re-enactor registration information also can be obtained by e-mailing Arch at
      rarch@..., or by calling 240-313-2430.

      Web sites with information about the event are:
      - www.antietamreenactment.com
      - www.antietamreenactment.org
      - www.antietamreenactment.net.

      As many as 100,000 people are expected to attend the three days of
      re-enactments. About 70,000 people attended the 1997 event, Arch said. In
      1997, almost 13,000 re-enactors re-created the bloodiest day of the Civil
      War, Frye said. Organizers hope that 15,000 re-enactors will participate in
      this year's event, Frye said. Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and
      Visitors Bureau Executive Director Ben Hart said that about $23,000 already
      has been spent on advertising the September re-enactment. Paid advertisements
      have been placed in magazines such as AAA World, Historic Traveler,
      Traditional Home, Better Home and Gardens and Ladies' Home Journal, Hart
      said.

      The ad campaign concentrates on women's magazines because often the "women
      are the ones who are the decision makers for vacations," Hart said. Hart said
      he couldn't estimate exactly how much money the event will bring into the
      county because it largely depends on how many spectators spend a night in the
      area. But he said the re-enactment will bring in several millions of dollars
      to the area.

      POSTED BY: Tom Shay