2/13/2013 9:58:00 PM Camp Verde celebrates with fort history, wine, pecans and antiques this weekend
Special to the Courier
Buffalo Soldier re-enactors will offer living history presentations at Fort Verde State Historic Park this weekend in conjunction with Camp Verde's Wine, Pecan and Antique Festival.
The Fort Verde events run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
The fort events also will feature flag raising and lowering ceremonies, presentations and a vintage baseball game.
Buffalo Soldier re-enactors will be dressed in period replica uniforms and equipment issued by the United States Army during the 1870s Indian War period.
The first Buffalo Soldiers troop serving at Fort Verde was Troop I, 10th Cavalry of the Buffalo Soldiers. It was organized in 1866 and came to Fort Verde in 1885, following a distinguished record of military service during the Indian Wars of the Western frontier.
The Wine, Pecan and Antique Festival will take place in the neighboring community center. It will feature wines from the Verde Valley and Arizona, pecan pies and desserts, booths loaded with antiques and collectibles, agricultural demonstrations, a car show, art, vendors, music, a nut contest and more.
For more information about the activities at Fort Verde State Historic Park call 928-567-3275. For more information about the Wine, Pecan and Antique Festival contact the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce at 928-567-9294.
Fort Verde State Historic Park is located in downtown Camp Verde. Take Interstate 17 north from Cordes Junction, turn right onto Highway 260 East, turn left onto Finnie Flat Road which becomes Main Street, then turn left onto Holloman Street to 125 E. Holloman St. The main entrance is two blocks on the right side. The park entrance fee is $5 per person for children and adults aged 14 and older. Youths aged 7 to 13 years will be charged $2 per person. There is no charge for children 6 or younger.