By The Associated Press
IUKA, Miss. (AP) — Iuka organizations are planning a celebration of the 25th annual Heritage Festival and a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Iuka.
Event coordinator Lee Ann Robertson tells the Daily Corinthian that officials are expecting 20,000 visitors to the events.
The Heritage Festival and the reenactment will be held during Labor Day weekend.
The Heritage Festival will begin Saturday, Sept. 1, at Jay Bird Park with the Northeast Mississippi Car Club’s annual Heritage Day Car Show and an opening ceremony at Mineral Springs Park.
The Battle of Iuka reenactment will begin Friday, Aug. 31, and continue through Sunday, Sept. 2.
“This is a three-day commemoration of the battle,” said Harold Lomenick of the Battle of Iuka Commission. “With a battle, you don’t celebrate it — you commemorate it.”
The reenactment is on Saturday with a skirmish by re-enactors. There will be living history demonstration every half-hour. There also will be a gathering of descendants of the men who fought in the Battle of Iuka at the Confederate Monument in downtown Iuka.
There will another reenactment on Sunday.
Battle of Iuka reenactment, http://www.battleofiuka.com