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World War II Comes Alive!
Sat, Jun 3, 2017, 10:00 AM – Sun, Jun 4, 2017, 3:00 PM CDT
Reserve the weekend of June 3 & 4, 2017 for this fantastic event!
The Midwest WWII Reenacting Event!
Fantastic site, great battles, with a fun, no-hassle atmosphere.
WW2 Living History Event. The scenario is mainly European Theater, 1944.
THE JIM MARKUM BAND RETURNS FOR THE U.S.O. DANCE SATURDAY NIGHT.
Held at Sommer Park, Edwards, IL near Peoria, IL.
German, Allied & other camps will be featured as well as vehicles and weapons displays.
Tanks and heavy vehicles and weapons are especially welcome. Hauling funds are available.
SCHEDULE. (More battles, skirmishes and events to be added)
Friday, June 2, 2017
7:00 am Setup – the park will be open all day so come whenever you want
Evening (6:00 pm) Road trip to German-American Society for dinner & music. All impressions welcome, IN UNIFORM! This club features authentic German dinners, great beer and a German oompa band. Allies welcome of course! We highly recommend you get there in time to enjoy this party. We will leave at 6:00.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
9:00 S&A & Officer's meeting
10:00: Park opens to public.
11:00: Normandy Front Battle
12:00: Lunch from German field kitchen
12:30: WWII Veterans Panel in Eagle Shelter
2:00: Normandy Front Battle
4:00...Re-enactment closes to public
6:30 TO-? USO DANCE AT THE PARK featuring German Accordion Band
Wehrmacht Happy Hour from 6:30 to 7:30. Jim Markum Swing Band goes
on at 8:00. Snacks and beer served. At the park. More details to come.
Sunday, June 4 2017
10:00...Park opens to public
10:30...Church Service in Schoolhouse
11:00: Eastern Front Battle
12:30...Reenactors' ‘Style Show’ at Eagle Shelter.
1:00: Normandy Battle
3:00...Re-enactment closes to public
This is our 9th summer event at Sommer Park, and this is a fantastic venue with tons of acreage, woods, period buildings, barns & cabins and a very enthusiastic staff. It has been growing each time. We encourage vehicles, artillery pieces and large displays, as there is an immense amount of room for them. We have a hauling fund available, just ask. We pride ourselves on being a 'no-hassles' event, with the emphass on safety, education and fun.
Check our web page at www.centralilww2.com for pics of last year's event.Sommer Park is located off Rt 150 just west of the 'Shoppes of Grande Prairie' shopping center.
Turn left on Koerner Rd just past Weaver Angus Farm. Watch for signs!
Event is in the greater Peoria area, however for map search directions use 6329 N. Koerner Rd, Edwards, IL.
Call 309-340-3268 for general information.