The Civil War Reenactment events in Keokuk kicked off Friday with a special living history event for 900 kids.
Kids from all across the region visited 15 different Civil War stations at Rand Park.
Some of the stations included an artillery exhibit with a cannon and reenactments of an infantry soldier and Abraham Lincoln.
Teachers say it's a great opportunity for students to get a hands-on history lesson.
"I think it's much better for kids to see the hands on stuff first hand. How people lived back in the Civil War times. How the soldiers did things. It's one thing just to memorize the facts, but to actually see things I think sticks with people a lot better," said Matt Armstrong, a social science teacher at Illini Bluff Middle School.
Many of the vendors were also at Rand Park today setting up their tents for Saturday.
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