Buffalo Soldiers living history event Feb. 16-17

Enter the pecan pie contest by Feb. 15

Join the Buffalo Soldiers, as they provide living history presentations at Fort Verde State Historic Park. The event is Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bring your special someone or all of your loved ones to Fort Verde State Historic Park and learn about history with the Buffalo Soldiers. Enter your favorite pecan pie recipe in the Pecan Pie contest on Saturday with a chance to win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prize money.

All entries must be received by Friday, Feb. 15. There will also be flag raising and lowering ceremonies, presentations and a vintage baseball game.

At Fort Verde, the Buffalo Soldiers will be dressed in period replica uniforms and equipment issued by the United States Army during the 1870s Indian War period.

The first Buffalo Soldiers troop serving at Fort Verde was Troop I, 10th Cavalry of the Buffalo Soldiers.

It was organized in 1866 and came to Fort Verde in 1885, following a distinguished record of military service during the Indian Wars of the Western frontier.

The Wine, Pecan and Antique Festival will be held in the neighboring community center the same President's Day weekend.

It will feature wines from the Verde Valley and Arizona, pecan pies and desserts, booths loaded with antiques and collectibles, agricultural demonstrations, a car show, art, vendors, music, a nut contest, and more.

For more information about the activities at Fort Verde State Historic Park call (928) 567-3275. For more information about the Wine, Pecan and Antique Festival contact the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce at (928) 567-9294.

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