4,000 tickets sold so far for re-enactment

September 05, 1997


Staff Writer

Organizers of the 135th Commemoration of the Battle of Antietam said they have sold about 4,000 tickets and are still predicting 50,000 spectators will come to the three-day event - weather permitting.

"I think that is a fair assessment of what will happen," said Kate John, destinations resource manager for the Maryland Office of Tourism.

The sales figures are estimates because tickets are being sold at several area locations, as well as through a toll-free number - 1-888-248-4597. Advance tickets are $7.50 a day for adults and $4 for students ages 7 to 18. Children age 6 and younger will be admitted free. A pass for all three days can be purchased for $12.50 for adults and $7.50 for students.


John said 4,000 tickets sold so far is a "conservative figure," as inquiries about the event are constantly increasing.

"The phone lines are very busy," she said.

The commemoration, which will be highlighted by battle re-enactments and living history displays, will be held next Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Artz farm on Rench Road south of Hagerstown.

Even though tickets will be more expensive if bought at the event - $9 for adults, $6 for students - organizers believe that most spectators will be walk-ups, many of them making day trips from the metropolitan area.

"For so many of these people, it's going to be a spontaneous (decision)," said Greg Larsen, the event coordinator.

One thing that wouldn't be a hit for organizers would be a major storm, such as the one brewing in the Atlantic Ocean. Because the commemoration is an outdoor event, ticket sales likely would be hurt by rain.

"That's a four-letter word," said Dennis Frye, president of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, the Hagerstown-based organization that is producing the event.

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