By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
IUKA – Combining the Iuka Heritage Festival and the Battle of Iuka re-enactment over Labor Day weekend means visitors and residents will have plenty of exciting events planned for their entertainment.
Kids who returned to school a few weeks earlier will be treated to an education day at the battle site on Friday, Aug. 30. Organizers are expecting hundreds of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from schools throughout Tishomingo County as part of the educational field trip to see living history activities that include Civil War music, medicine, weapons and daily life.
Also on Friday night, the Iuka Heritage Festival will have its community service at Iuka Mineral Springs Park beginning at 6:30 p.m. that features a lineup of gospel musicians. Vendors also will be set up and selling refreshments in the park.
The glow of 1,900 luminaries will light up Jay Bird Park and downtown Iuka that Friday beginning at 6:30 p.m. to memorialize lives lost in the four-hour Battle of Iuka.
Continuing the Iuka Heritage Festival on Saturday at Iuka Mineral Springs Park will include a walk/run, entertainment throughout the day, a transport train, party jumper inflatables, a petting zoo and more. Wheels of Northeast Mississippi Car Club will be at Jay Bird Park and the Tri-State Fly Wheelers will have a tractor show and parade.
Re-enactors portraying Jefferson Davis, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Gen. Henry Little, Mayor John M. Stone and other significant figures will be part of the Battle of Iuka weekend’s presentations and events through Sunday.
Events also include a beard contest, a Roll Call at the Mass Grave, a Ladies High Tea and a Military Ball, with the weekend’s events culminating in the Battle of Iuka Re-enactment that Sunday afternoon.
For more detailed schedules, go to www.iukafestival.com or www.tishomingofunhere.org and go to the link for 2013 Battle of Iuka schedule.