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Fort Verde State Historic Park Celebrates "Fort Verde Days" October 12-13

(Phoenix, Arizona - September 9, 2013) - The Fort Verde Days celebration will be held on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, 2013. Fort Verde State Historic Park celebrates Fort Verde Days with a flag-raising and lowering ceremony, living history presentations with re-enactors, special presentations, Dutch oven cooking demonstrations, military drills and a vintage baseball game.

The weekend offers the public a chance to get a glimpse of the past, while celebrating Fort Verde Days in conjunction with events throughout the town of Camp Verde. The entire family is invited to this event as the Town of Camp Verde celebrates with additional activities held in the community center, on the soccer field and throughout the town - there's even a Fort Verde Days parade on Saturday at 10 a.m. At the park, cheer on the Fort Verde Excelsiors, as they take on the Stars and Stripes or listen to Dr. Sam Palmer as he presents the history of the Battle of Big Dry Wash.

Travel back in time to experience Fort Verde's past with tales about less-than-sumptuous food, hot wool uniforms, difficult living conditions, poor quality equipment and the everyday duties played out by the Verde Valley's residents. Fort Verde State Historic Park is home to four original adobe buildings and many military artifacts. Re-enactors will be on hand to provide living history presentations.

For more information call (928) 567-3275. For the full event schedule visit AZStateParks.com. The park entrance fee is $5 per person for those aged 14 and up and $2 for children aged 6 to 13. Children aged six and younger are free. Fort Verde State Historic Park is located in downtown Camp Verde, Arizona. From Phoenix: I-17 to Exit 287; turn right onto Hwy 260 (east). Turn left on Finnie Flat Rd, left on Hollamon St. for one block, park entry is on the right side of the street.

Arizona State Parks offers 50% off regular day-use entrance for active military, Reserve, National Guard and state militia troops. There is a free annual pass offered for 100% disabled veterans who live in Arizona. For information about the disable veteran pass call (602) 542-4174 or visit AZStateParks.com.

For information about all 27 Arizona State Parks, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703), visit the website and online camping reservations at AZStateParks.com, Twitter/Facebook AZStateParks.

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