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Re-enactment organizers looking for volunteers

July 24, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

Organizers for the 140th Commemorative Re-enactment of the Battle of Antietam are looking for volunteers.

People are needed to direct drivers to parking spaces, take tickets, sell items such as programs and stuff tourism information in bags for re-enactors, said Washington County Planning Director Robert Arch, who is co-chairman of the Antietam Commemorative Committee.

Approximately 10,000 re-enactors are expected to participate in the Sept. 13-15 events, Arch said.

As many as 50,000 spectators are expected throughout the weekend, said Dennis Frye, committee co-chairman.

The events will be held rain or shine. Some events could be delayed if there's an electrical storm, Frye and Arch said.

Some volunteers would be needed as early as the evening of Sunday, Sept. 8, to begin stuffing bags and for volunteer orientation, Arch said.

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Volunteers will be needed the entire week. Re-enactment events will be on approximately 700 acres along Rench Road between Sharpsburg Pike and Downsville Pike. Most of that land is owned by the Artz family and Allegheny Energy.

Age and physical fitness will be considered in handing out volunteer assignments, Arch said.

Volunteers would probably work in three- to four-hour shifts, Arch said.

People interested in volunteering can call 240-313-2430 to submit their name and contact information. Organizers then will get back to them concerning specifics.

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