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(Petersburg, Virginia) April 13, 2016 – Saturday, April 16th will be a day full of fun, fitness, history, food, music and more in the City of Petersburg. Beginning at 7 a.m. the City will host the 2nd Annual Petersburg Half Marathon (13.1 miles), 5K (3.1 miles) and Kid’s Run beginning at the Union Train Station. The scenic course will feature views of Old Towne Petersburg, the Petersburg National Battlefield, Blandford Cemetery and Pocahontas Island. The course will also feature battle reenactments. This event is open to all fitness levels. Registration may continue until the day of the race contingent on space. For more information, please visit www.RunPetersburg.com.
Beginning at 10 a.m. (ending at 5 p.m.), the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce presents the Smokin’ Barbecue Festival in Historic Old Towne Petersburg. Vendors will be serving the tastiest of barbecues. The event will also feature entertainment, arts, crafts and more. Local talent will be featured on the live music stage behind the Farmer’s Market. Admissions are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate and kids 12 and under are free. Free tastings will also be offered. For more information, please visit www.SmokingBarbecueFestival.com.
The City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Arts, and Tourism is sponsoring the 25th Annual Revolutionary War Re-enactment of the 1781 Battle of Petersburg at historic Battersea from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Senator Rosslyn Dance will begin with commemorative remarks regarding the Battle of Petersburg. This year’s event will feature a battle demonstration – “On Command – Find, Fix and Finish the Enemy” as well as cooking demonstrations “Makin Sumptin’ Outta Nothin’” by Wisteria Perry. Other activities will include period music performances, dancing, children’s games, horse demonstrations, a period furniture maker and much more. This event will also take place again on April 17th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 1781 Battle of Petersburg Re-enactment will take place at 1:30 p.m. each day. This commemorative event is FREE!! and open to the public .For more information on the history of Battersea, please visit www.batterseafound.org.
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