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Civil War Re-Enactment Headlines Union Gap's Old Town Days

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UNION GAP, WA. -- Sunday marked the second day of Old Town Days, one of the area's longest running events celebrating the founding of Union Gap.

While it may not look like it now, earlier Sunday this was a scene of a civil war battle during a re-enactment at the Old Town Days. And it was a great way for hundreds of dads to spend their Father's Day.

It's the battle over Old Town Days. Hundreds of civil war reenactors come from all over the Northwest to face off in this classic match-up. But for Old Town Days this is something new. The event has been going on for more than a century but has only had a civil war battle for the last three years. Now it's the main attraction as a large crowd gathered to watch. One actor says they hope people can learn more about history at the re-enactment. 
"The history of our country is important to know," Col. Alan Geho. "We have to know from whence we came to know where we're going."

The battle is very realistic. At first the Union line was pushed back by the Confederates. But then the big guns were brought out and the North eventually regained the upper hand and finished off the South. Afterward it was all handshakes and hugs for both sides.

Besides the civil war excitement, there was plenty of food, tractor rides and fun for both dad's and kids on Father's Day. 
"Just to see the reenactment," Nathaniel Oregon said. "I've never seen one before and also they have stuff for the kids and I really enjoy spending time with my kids."

If you missed it, circle the day on your calendar for next year.