Mexico community to be hosts for 12th annual Walk Back in Time
All Audrain County Historical Society director Dana Keller needs now is continuing good weather. Everything else is set for the twelfth annual Walk Back in Time event.
"Unless there is threatening weather, Walk Back goes on," Keller said. "One time we had to postpone the flag raising, and one year we had to cancel the Candlelight Tours, but generally it is events as usual."
The family-friendly weekend offers living history events on the grounds of the museum complex at 501 Muldrow Street. New this year is the Run Back in Time 5k/15k/15k three-person Pony Express team relay. Registration is still open for the run, beginning at 5:30 a.m. Saturday on the grounds.
"This event is one of a very few activities which is revenue-producing for Walk Back," Keller said. "The race will be very cool as the lead vehicle and the vehicle trailing the race will be WWII Jeeps. Also, there will be re-enactors directing runners throughout."
Following the race will be an awards presentation at the Lewis and Clark Amphitheatre.
Another new event will be the debut of a "pre-United States" sector of Vikings, Medieval life and pirates, along with the French and Indian War that will be added to the colonial sector.
"Visitors can expect to see the result of our passion to advance historical offerings each year," Keller said. "The 1830s mountain men, World War I and II, Vietnam and the 2013 modern military exhibits will all be more elaborate this year."
New to the camps this year will be historical gaming in the colonial camp. The Battle of Guilford Courthouse War was fought March 15, 1781 between the British and the Americans during the American Revolution. The display utilizes hundreds of hand-painted miniature figures to represent the regiments that fought in the battle.
This year will be the second year for the Walk Back in Time Photography Contest. Rules for the competition are online at www.audrain.org, and the winners from last year are on display in the library at Graceland.
Today, nearly 500 children visited the campsites for Education Day. Tonight, from 4-8 p.m., a fish and chicken fry will be offered for $10 a plate in the museum courtyard. The meal is sponsored by the Commerce Bank.
At 7 p.m. there will be a special presentation called "America's Music" in the country church.
On Saturday, the festival begins at 10 a.m. with a flag raising ceremony. Activities during the day include the cowboys of the 1880s in a gunfight at the OK Corral, attic treasure sale, basket auction, live entertainment,and the Wild Bird Sanctuary Watershed program.
The Liberty Jazz band will play at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the courtyard. A children's adventure area will be open in the pavilion west of the food vendors for pre-school through elementary school students, sponsored by Ameren Missouri.
On both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, there will be WWI and II battle re-enactments, sponsored by Gallaher Insurance Group.
There will be tours available at nearby Simmons Stables, with an expanded antique car and tractor show from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Beginning Saturday evening at 6:30, candlelight tours will be offered for $5 per person. The grounds will close at 5 p.m. to prepare for the tours.
On Sunday, vintage 1860s baseball games will be played at noon and 3 p.m., between the Graceland Ghosts and the St. Louis Unions. At 2 p.m., the Missouri Military Academy will present a battalion review.