Ike Farm 2011

On the weekend of September 17th, I had a lot planned. Some friends had asked me to accompany them to an airshow at Martinsburg in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.  This was an opportunity to visit some good friends and take in an attraction that I had not seen before. As anyone who watches the news is probably aware, the airshow did not turn out well. My friends and I were witnesses to the horrendous crash of the T-28 trainer that killed pilot Jack Mangan. The show was of course, suspended at that point.

Despite having our moods dampened by this occurrence, I continued my visit with my friends Saturday evening and got up Sunday morning to proceed to Gettysburg, PA to take part in the Eisenhower Farm WWII Weekend living history. The Eisenhower Farm WWII weekend is held every September by the National Park Service and is a quality event.

When I got to the site around 9:00 am and checked in, one of the first things that I noticed was the number of reenactors loading up their vehicles to leave. Since this event is a two-day affair, I was a little surprised. As I soon discovered, there had been a great deal of rain in the Gettysburg area on Saturday, which resulted in very muddy conditions on the field. This was possibly part of the reason for the early departure of so many of the participants, but I am not sure. Most of those leaving were American reenactors, but I was told some of the Germans left as well. As it was, there were few Germans on the field, ,mostly the sturdy Volkssturm unit. The 193rd comrades with whom I fell in, noted that there were twice as many spectators on Sunday to see half as many living history displays.

I believe a lot of these troops took part in the New Oxford battle which ran concurrently with the Ike Farm, so possibly some folks had just had their fill for the weekend. Still I have noticed that WWII reenactors this summer, seem to be packing up and leaving earlier on Sundays than in the past. Whatever the reason, it does leave the event organizers holding the bag if spectators show up and wonder where everyone is, when it is supposed to be a two-day event. I know a lot of folks have a long trip home, but so do the Civil War reenactors who invariably stay for Sunday at their events. Anyway, I see this as a curious phenomenon and wonder where it is going. Will event organizers get tired of scheduling events where everyone bails out early? Time will tell, I guess.





2 responses to “Ike Farm 2011”

  1. Bill Donegan, Oberleutnant Avatar
    Bill Donegan, Oberleutnant

    Nice Kubel, but painted as a captured vehicle in Ami colors! auch wie schade!


  2. Cathy Darby Avatar

    I am reaching out to you from Purcellville, Virginia with hope to find WWII reenactors for Purcellville Heritage Day (May 12) Tribute to the 1940s and “The Greatest Generation”. Last year we highlighted the Civil War with reenactments and exhibits. This year we would like to have a WWII living history area, equipment & uniform displays, and possibly a small weapons demonstration.
    We have $$ in our budget to pay the reenactors.
    If you know of reenactors, or 1940s vehicle owners, who are local and may be interested please forward my information to them. We are also hoping to have a small car show with 1940s vehicles including some WWII if at all possible.
    I hope you do!
    Cathy Darby
    Purcellville Preservation Secretary

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