By Travis Sloat
On Friday and Saturday, the Fort Gibson Historical Site will come alive with its annual Fall Encampment celebration and reenactment.
Omar Reed, a participator in the reenactment, said they have 12 schools signed up already, and they are expecting about 400 kids on Friday alone.
“We’re a little worried about the weather,” Reed said. “If we have a freeze, there’s a chance it might hurt our garden, and a lot of our period-correct meals come from that garden.”
The garden is one of many things during the weekend that will be “period-correct.”
Visitors will have a chance to visit one of six different stations around the fort for educational purposes. There will also be a marching display by the infantry, complete with fife and drum.
Enactors will be in full costume from the 1830s, dressed as members of the Arkansas Militia.
The entry fee on Friday will be only $1, and Saturday the price will go back up to regular admission.
Samantha Atchison, a dental assistant at Walker Family Dentistry, said she couldn’t wait to see the event, and looks forward to seeing all the enactments.
“I love it,” Atchison said. “I can remember going as a kid as well. It honestly makes me wish I lived back in those days. Anytime I mention to someone I work in Fort Gibson, they always talk about what a historic town it is. It’s great that we have this here.”
Reed said the encampment is not just for kids, and that adults will have plenty to see and learn.
“This shows the daily life of the frontier garrison before the Civil War,” said Reed. “Both kids and adults alike love to see what we do here. It’s as authentic as it gets.”