BEDFORD, Pa. - This Saturday and Sunday, Old Bedford Village, nationally famous for its living history re-enactments, will host its largest event to date.

More than 700 period clothed re-enactors are expected to attend the Civil War re-enactment at the village.

"The village will be transformed into a town of the 1860s," said Old Bedford Village Executive Director Roger Kirwin. "Visitors will see large numbers of artillery cannons, horses and hundreds of soldiers. This year, we have the added excitement of pyrotechnics - the artillery duel between blue and gray is going to be spectacular with simulated explosions," he added.

The event will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, with a battle at 1 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday with the battle commencing at 2 p.m.

Re-enactors and the public alike are encouraged to attend a free lecture by Lenwood Sloan, director of Heritage Tourism with the Pennsylvania Tourism Office In Harrisburg at 6.30 p.m. In the village on Saturday.

Subjects such as the Civil War trails program and preservatlon of Civil War muster lists will be addressed.

Children under the age of 5 will be admitted for free.

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