By KERRY LYNN FRALEY
Alice Hunger and Kay Byers already had a good portion of their large tent set up with Civil War uniforms, accessories and military gear by the time a thunderstorm hit the Artz farm Wednesday night.
The Winchester, Va.-based sutlers said it never occurred to them to leave the tent and find another place to sleep.
"You don't walk off and leave $30,000 worth of merchandise. You live, eat and breathe with it," said Hunger, who figured they got away lucky with just a few drops sneaking in to the canvas tent.
"It's been way worse," said Byers, referring to a storm they weathered during a Battle of Cedar Creek re-enactment.
"Eight-thirty at night, we literally had a river run through the tent," Hunger said.
Event organizer Dennis Frye admits he was worried about the roughly 2,000 sutlers and re-enactors already camping on the Artz farm Wednesday night for this weekend's 135th Commemoration of the Battle of Antietam.