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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 6:09 am | Updated: 7:34 am, Sun Feb 9, 2014.

Tucson; Cottonwood; Greer



TUCSON

The Battle of Tucson

A Civil War Living History Experience

Brought to you by We Make History, the same group that produces the annual American Heritage Festival at Schnepf Farms, the new Battle of Tucson is an interactive experience with a focus on the ordinary people of the 1860s and their experiences in both military and civilian life as they were caught up in the Civil War.

Scheduled events include two battle reenactments, wooden musket drills in Union and Confederate camps (where children will get to see what it was like to be a new recruit), musical programs and a fashion show. Between activities, living historians will demonstrate skills, crafts, activities, weapons, clothing and equipment of the time and interact with visitors.

DETAILS >> 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. Green Fields Country Day School, 6000 N. Camino de la Tierra. $12 cash per person, free for kids 3 and younger. BattleofTucson.com.

COTTONWOOD

Southwest Regional Alpaca Show

About 300 of the Southwest’s finest alpacas will convene for this show, which draws a lot of non-alpaca farmers and families who just want a closer look at the fuzzy, funny-looking animals.

“You’d be surprised how many people, after they see them, decide they need to sell their house, move somewhere with some land, and start raising alpacas,” says Noreen Vaughan of AZ Alpacas in Prescott Valley.

Halter Class Shows each day make an entertaining and informative stop.

“In the show ring, the judges talk about why they judged each animal the way they did with a full explanation, so it’s very educational,” says Vaughn.

A marketplace includes vendors selling alpaca products and exhibitors demonstrating arts, crafts and other uses of alpacas and their fiber. Most fun might be simply walking through the barn, where, says Vaughn, you can “see and touch alpacas and generally have a full alpaca experience.”

DETAILS >> 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 15 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 16. Verde Valley Fairgrounds, 800 E. Cherry St. Free admission and parking. Concession stands will sell lunch and snacks. (928) 775-3380 or SWRAS.org.

GREER

Night Skiing

Sunrise Mountain will remain open select nights in February for skiing under the stars, complete with a music and lights show and a Torch Light Parade down the mountain performed by Sunrise Park Resort’s Ski Patrol, Ski School and guests.

DETAILS >> 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 1, 15 and 22. Sunrise Park Resort, on Highway 273, 12 miles west of Greer. Lift tickets for night-only skiing are $16-$35 per person; equipment is available for one-day loan for $5-$35 in the Rental Shop. (855) 735-7669, ext. 2321, or SunriseSkiPark.com.

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