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Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 11:30 am | Updated: 10:53 am, Thu Nov 17, 2011.

The hum of tractors will be replaced over the weekend in Queen Creek with the sound of cannon blast and musket fire.

The American Heritage Festival will bring a massive display of “living history” to Schnepf Farms. Costumed re-enactors will portray famous Americans, such as George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt, and everyday folk like craftsmen, musicians, soldiers and pioneers. Their costumes, props, displays and artifacts will span the centuries from the Colonial era through the 20th century wars.

The ninth annual festival will feature Revolutionary and Civil War battle re-enactments, as well as parades, a “Great Awakening” style Sunday-morning church service and a delivery of the Gettysburg Address by an actor portraying Abraham Lincoln. There are also artillery and fashion displays and performances of early American music.

Organizers believe it’s the largest and most diverse educational living history gathering in the Southwest.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6818 or azajac@evtrib.com

DETAILS >> 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 20. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road. $15 per person at the gate (cash only); free for children 3 and younger. (480) 987-3100 or www.americanheritagefestival.com

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