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Military and Civilian Reenactors 2019

CivilWarDaysThe registration deadline is June 1, 2019.

Registrations must include a complete list of all members who will be attending—if you are not sure if one of your members will attend, err on the side of caution and include their names on your list.

Use the form below or download the registration form. Return registration materials to:

Civil War Coordinator
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W. Winchester Rd. 
Libertyville, IL 60048


There will be a limited number of bounties for artillery and for horses, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early!

Please note: Units that qualify for bounties will be notified in advance of the event. If you do not receive a notification, you did not qualify for a bounty. A valid Tax ID or Social Security number is required to collect the bounty at the end of the event weekend, no exceptions.


We will be hosting a number of different contests and competitions for reenactors to participate in this year. Please see the descriptions below for more information and indicate your interest on the registration form.

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Camp Cooking Contest

This contest is designed not just to test the culinary skills of the reenactors, but to emphasize authenticity.  Each camp wishing to participate should indicate such on their registration form or when they register at the event.  Materials for cooking will not be provided.  Each camp will be responsible for their menu and should bring whatever material they deem correct to their impression.  Emphasis will be place on the accuracy of the meal to the overall camp impression.  The judges will visit each camp to learn about the camp impression.  They will take notes on such aspects of the meal as how the food was obtained, what implements are used in the preparation, what the camp is representing and the consistency of the meal to that impression.  Each camp should be able to explain what their impression represents, where they are camped, and any other information requested consistent with your impression. 

Our goal is to show the public another aspect of life during the Civil War.  We take for granted the ability to walk into a grocery store and purchase fresh fruits and vegetables regardless of season.  This was not how life was lived 150 years ago.  When preparing your meal please consider what would reasonably be available to your camp.   Our desire is to help educate the public on everyday life and we would appreciate your help with this goal.

Summer Fair Food and Crafts Judging

The theme for the Summer Fair Food Judging is "Stocking Up" and will feature all manner of preserves. From pickles and kraut to jams and jellies, catsups, chutneys, and even shrubs. If you have a knack for preserving the season's bounty with a certain method, we want to see it! 

We ask that people try smoking, salting, drying or otherwise preserving meats that will hold without refrigeration for several months as well. Period baked goods also welcome. Each food entry should come with a printed recipe to share (and it would be helpful to have these a few days in advance, if possible). 

For the Crafts Judging we would like to invite those who engage in needle crafts and quilting to display some of their handiwork at the Fair. 

*All Summer Fair Food and Crafts Judging entries should be assembled and clearly labeled by 11 o'clock Saturday morning at the Ag & Hort booth at the Summer Fair

Military, Civilian and Summer Fair Registration

* Field is Required

Number of Tents:

Please indicate which members of your group (if any) are interested in participating in the following competition:
Summer Fair Registrants Only
Please give as much detail as possible; the Summer Fair is a juried venue and approval is required from the Fair Committee to attend. If using period-correct broadsides, pamphlets or other reproduction ephemera, please provide examples. If you are new to this event or are considering a drastic change, photographs of your proposed interpretation are strongly encouraged.
* No other items or services will be allowed once this list is approved.
Terms and Conditions
By checking this box I acknowledge it is fully understood and agreed that to the fullest extent permitted by law, the registrants shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Lake County Forest Preserve District, its officials, employees, volunteers and agents against any and all liabilities, claims, damages, losses, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising indirectly or directly in connection with or under, or as a result of this Agreement. By submitting this registration, we agree to abide by the event’s guidelines.


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