Re-Enactors Flock to Military History Fest

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Byline: Marie Wilson mwilson@dailyherald.com

Pirates, Romans, Revolutionary War soldiers, Elizabethan bodyguards and other historical re-enactors took people who attended the annual Military History Fest/Reenacting and Trade Faire through 2,000 years of military history -- all in one convention center.

Held at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, the convention offered seminars on topics such as World War II re-enaction and Civil War-era dancing, along with live performances of bagpiping and battlefield ballads. It continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"It is literally everything from ancient periods through modern, civilian and military," Military History Fest organizer Mike Bollom said.

But don't change time periods too quickly, advised Sandra Howard of Chicago, a member of the Guild of St. George, a group that re-creates the court of British Queen Elizabeth as it travels through the countryside.

"You can get whiplash from changing centuries every time you turn around," she said.

Howard's Elizabethan re-enactors were situated near the 12th Lancers Regiment of Chicago, which set up a Polish World War II encampment, and not far from a group of Roman re-enactors from Fort Wayne, Ind. …