(Scott Welton, Staff)
This year being Sikeston's sesquicentennial celebration, Rick Justice of Sikeston, organizer of the annual Battle of Sand Ridge, has been working to muster up a record number of re-enactors for this year's battle -- and the timing couldn't be better.
"With the long winter we've had, everybody's been cooped up and there's a lot of cabin fever," Justice said. "We're expecting about 300 to show up."
This is the eighth Civil War re-enactment held on Scott Matthews' land located just south of Sikeston. As an American History teacher for Sikeston schools, Justice said he loves re-enactments as a way of "educating people about the period. The Civil War probably is my most favorite period."
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