Rockford hosts America’s largest World War II-era re-enactment Sept. 20-21

Staff Report

Attend North America’s largest World War II-era re-enactment with more than 1,000 re-enactor soldiers and dozens of tanks and World War II vintage military vehicles Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21, at Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford.

Narrated field battles with pyrotechnics, village skirmishes, demonstrations and displays of 1940s military and civilian life all set the stage. Affordable food is available for purchase. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday.

The weekend starts off with the “Behind the Lines” tour, which will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19. Guided tours will take participants through the village to get an up-close look at what is in store for the weekend. Tickets are $15 and space is limited, so make reservations by contacting (815) 397-9112, ext. 108.

Saturday’s battle shows are featured at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., while the battle time Sunday is 2:30 p.m. Visitors will experience Allied and foreign re-enactor troops showcasing life in the military during World War II. Civilian life is also depicted. Also available for purchase will be World War II memorabilia from numerous vendors. A USO-style dance will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, at the Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park, Illinois. Guests are encouraged to dress in the styles of the 1940s. Dance to the sounds of Rockford’s own renowned big band, Moonlight Jazz Orchestra. Admission is $5 per person and registered re-enactors are admitted free.

Tickets are $14 adults, $7 children (3-17), and free for Midway Village Museum members. Two-day admission passes are $18 for adults, $9 for children (ages 3-17).

Visit or call (815) 397-9112 for more details.

From the Sept. 17-23, 2014, issue

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