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The San Benito County Historical Society and the National Civil War Association are hosting the annual Civil War Days Sept. 6 and 7 at the county Historical Park one mile south of Tres Pinos on Airline Hwy.

Guests will witness skirmishes in the streets followed by imprisonment of Chivs, Copperheads, and other Confederate sympathizers during the day, and then by night have an opportunity to experience life during the 1860s, including Contra Dancing and interacting with re-enactors at their encampments. Between the skirmish and battle events, guests can listen to the speech (in Spanish and English) given by Jose Ramon Pico that led to the creation of the California Native Cavalry.

The event will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The entry fee during the day is $10 per vehicle. The evening of Contra Dancing from 7-10 p.m. Saturday is limited to 50 persons and tickets are available for $20 each. More information is available by emailing Donn Pidd at caretaker@sbchistoricalsociety.org or by calling 831-902-9349.

For more information, visit the historical society's website.