By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
For more than 15 years, Yale residents have been treated to living history in front of their eyes.
The Battle of Round Mountain re-enactment is set for this weekend and is sponsored by the Yale First Assembly of God Church and hosted by Company C 22nd Arkansas Infantry.
Yale First Assembly will hold the re-enactment on its property behind the church for the second year. It had previously been held at Jim Thorpe Park.
Pastor Randal Newby said festivities begin Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Living History Day, an exclusive day just for students.
“It’s a free day for all the schools in the area to come in and learn about the history and come into the camps and tour them,” Newby said. “There will be merchants there selling stuff, but there’s no battle that day.”
Concessions, including hamburgers, Indian tacos and other food, will be sold. The actual battle takes place Saturday and Sunday.
“It’s like living history,” he said. “Instead of reading it out of the book, you can live it out.”
Newby said spectators can smell the gun powder. He said the mix of running and horse-mounted soldiers and cannons is an impressive sight.
“These guys are very professional in what they do and their heart is in it,” he said. “I was very impressed when I saw it for the first time 11 years ago.”
Newby said they expect to have approximately 3,000 spectators in two days and about 400 re-enactors.
“It’s a pretty big deal,” Newby said. “It really is. And it has the potential of getting even bigger.”
He said the community comes together for the event.
“People come out of the woodwork, so to speak; we pull together as a community,” he said. “The school takes part in it, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts involved ... it’s great.”
While seating is available, visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, too. Tickets are $5 for ages 12-older, while those 12-younger get in free.