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Sep 26, 2023

Our conversation today for Tourism Tuesday - Winchester/Frederick County edition - with Renee Bayliss from Winchester/Frederick County Convention & Visitors Bureau also included Dave Cole, Deputy National Commander of the North-South Skirmish Association.

Dave told us about the organization and explained the shooting competitions they host. There are national competitions twice a year in addition to regional skirmishes and recruitment skirmishes. The 148th National Skirmish happens October 6-8, 2023, with various competitions throughout the weekend. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. Gainesboro Ruritan will be on site providing food. The competition takes place at Fort Shenandoah, located off 522N at 480 Chalybeate Springs Rd. in Winchester.

Member units compete in live-fire matches with original or authentic reproduction Civil War-period muskets, carbines, breech-loading rifles, revolvers, mortars, and cannons. Participating teams shoot at breakable targets in several timed events. The teams with the lowest cumulative times win medals or other awards. 

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Before we wrapped up, Renee reminded listeners to check the calendar on their website for a full list of fall festivals, and local events: