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San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Re-Enactment Set For Saturday, April 23; Request for Coverage.

LA PORTE, Texas -- On Saturday, April 23, thousands will gather at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site to commemorate the 169th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto during an all-day celebration and battle re-enactment.

The San Jacinto Day Festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., features the largest battle re-enactment in the state, with a full day of accompanying festivities and live entertainment. This annual event caps off a week of celebrations centered on the anniversary of the battle that officially secured Texas as an independent republic in 1836. The one-hour, narrated battle re-enactment will begin at 3 p.m.

In addition to the battle, special highlights of this year's Festival include music played on a fiddle reportedly once owned by Davy Crockett, an old fashioned "medicine man" show and performance, and thought-provoking presentations from author and historian James Crisp about the Yellow Rose of Texas.

Master symphony musician, Dean Shostak of Williamsburg, will play the 1819 fiddle featured in the special exhibit currently on display at the San Jacinto Museum of History. Crisp, a professor of history at North Carolina State University, is author of the recently published book Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett's Last Stand and Other Mysteries of the Texas Revolution.

Entertainer, storyteller and historian Dan Barth will perform his humorous audience-participation entertainment with a full-sized antique medicine show wagon. There will be a live country music stage, food and beverage vendors, children's crafts and games, and demonstrations of hawks and eagles from the San Antonio-based conservancy Last Chance Forever.

Visitors can wander through Texian and Mexican Army encampments which will be set up to represent as accurately as possible a sense of life in Texas during 1836.

"It's our ultimate goal to really recreate history in a spectacular a way -- just as it must have been to the real participants in 1836," said Jerry Tubbs, chair of the San Jacinto Volunteers, who help organize the event.

The San Jacinto Day Festival is free to the public.

Photos, full media kits and press parking passes are available upon request.

More information about this event can be found at www.sanjacinto-museum.org or by calling 281-479-2421.
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