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SHELBYVILLE -- The Shelby County Bicentennial Committee is sponsoring the Civil War Memories weekendfrom Friday-Sunday. Included in this weekend will be a Civil War encampment that will be held at the Lake Shelbyville Dam West Recreational site, Shelbyville. The site is near the 700 block of East North Ninth St.

The 10th Illinois Volunteer Calvary will be near the lake where visitors may see demonstrations depicting the life of soldiers during the Civil War era. Soldiers on horseback will be participating in demonstrations on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and again on Sunday at 11 a.m.. Visitors are invited to come by the camp area from 11 a.m. on Saturday through Sunday at 3 p.m. This is a free event and is family friendly.

The Shelby County Bicentennial Committee is sponsoring a Soldiers' Aid Society "Sanitary Fair" in Shelbyville on Saturday. The exhibit will be at the Shelby County Senior Citizens building located at 325 E North Ninth St. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A special formal presentation will be held at two separate times, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The SAS will represent civilians of the American Civil War period (1861-65). They will be in the appropriate dress of the era as they educate the public and provide an accurate and authentic “living history” experience. The "Sanitary Fair" will be free to all that would like to come. Donations may be made to the Soldiers' Aid Society during this event and special items relative to the exhibit may be purchased to support the SAS organization.

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The Shelby County Bicentennial Committee, in coordination with Meridian Senior Living, The Daughter of the Union Veterans Mary Todd Lincoln Tent 48, and J & R Collision, will sponsor the Shelby County Bicentennial "Civil War Ball" on Saturday. The Civil War Ball will be held at the Best Bet Event Center, 316 W. S. Sixth St. Tickets for all guests will be $10 each. Tickets will be sold at the Shelby County State Bank, 130 S. Morgan St., The Busey Bank, 200 W. Main, or at the Best Bet Event Center on the night of the event. Only 250 tickets will be sold so guests are encouraged to get their tickets early.

Costumes are encouraged but not required. From 6-8 p.m., participants will be able to enjoy a dinner buffet and cash bar while they learn trivia about the Civil War and the dances of the Civil War era. Professional dance caller Deborah Hyland and a small band playing the instruments of the Civil War era will entertain guests. Door prizes may be won by those attending the dance.

Photographer David McClain will be available to photograph those attending. Guests will have the option of purchasing any photos taken. At the end of the event, table decorations will be sold. All the proceeds from the sale will go toward the Smithsonian Institute/Illinois Humanities sponsored event; Museum on Main Street; Change in Rural America.

Shelbyville Mayor Jeff Johnson said, “I hope that the residents of Shelbyville and our visitors will come out to all of the festivities of the Shelby County Bicentennial Civil War Memories Weekend... The Civil War enactment camp, the Soldiers’ Aid Society Sanitary Fair, and the Civil War Ball should all be a lot of fun.”

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