Above, tents lined the fields outside the visitor center at Horseshoe Bend National Military Park on Friday. Saturday’s activities will be held rain or shine. | Adam Powell
Above, tents lined the fields outside the visitor center at Horseshoe Bend National Military Park on Friday. Saturday’s activities will be held rain or shine. | Adam Powell

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Rain stalls day of activities at Horseshoe Bend

Published 7:22pm Friday, March 28, 2014

By Adam Powell

The Outlook

Though Friday’s rain turned much of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park into a pond, spirits were high as the day-long Living History program got underway.

At 9 a.m, the various camps opened up to visitors, and events started shortly thereafter.

Though some events had to be cancelled or amended, there was still a lot to be seen.

At 10 a.m, re-enactors had planned a musket firing display but, because of the weather, it had to be cancelled.

The Creek Stomp Dance that had been scheduled for an hour later became more of a discussion as the ground was too damp for dancing.

But throughout the day, the blast of cannon fire could be heard throughout the park, and plenty of people were there to visit with the various actors.

From one end of the park to the other, tints were housing groups of people who were cooking and talking and staying dry.

“The rain has kind of thrown a wrench in our plans today,” said re-enactor Ron Merrill. “But we’re out here enjoying ourselves anyway.”

The group was hopeful that musket and dance demonstrations could go on later in the day but, most were not optimistic.

Tonight’s performance of “Tecumseh at Tuckabatchee” has been postponed to a later date and all tickets will be honored.

Today’s events will go on, rain or shine, from 9 a.m – 4 p.m. and feature a wreath laying at the grave site of Lemuel Montgomery in honor of Tennessee militiamen who fought at Horseshoe Bend.