War re-enactment to bring much-needed money to small town
July 24th, 2011
10:55 AM ET

War re-enactment to bring much-needed money to small town

When the state of the economy is discussed, it is sometimes analyzed solely from a macro level. But when it's broken down to the micro level, it can be seen how much the economic downturn has affected individual states, cities and small towns.

Manassas, Virginia, is one such town. But city officials say mindful budgeting and wise spending have allowed them to stay one step ahead.

"I would say that Manassas is in that lean and mean area," said Harry "Hal" Parrish, mayor of Manassas. "We made some (budget) decisions about three years ago when we saw the downturn starting."

Nevertheless, revenue is always welcome, and Manassas officials are taking advantage of a major Civil War anniversary of which they can take full ownership. They are commemorating the 150-year anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run - the first major battle of the Civil War. The four-day event, which ends Sunday, offers everything from workshops and exhibits to parades and a re-enactment of the battle.

City officials are expecting up to 25,000 people to come to Manassas, and they are expecting them to be in a spending mood.

"Any time you have an influx of people, heritage and tourism - those kinds of people are going to spend money," said Parrish.

Manassas officials say those 25,000 tourists could result in a $25 million boost to their city's economy.

"I hope to bring in at least half of what I normally do for Christmas," said Christine Finnie, owner of Whimsical Galerie. "I have a lot of 150-year commemorative items. I have everything from T-shirts to the beautiful tapestry wall hangings exclusive to my shop, and I am hoping that will be a draw to bring people in for those items, but then also look around and see other things they might like."

The big draw this week is the battle re-enactment. Thousands of people are expected to attend despite record-setting heat.

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  1. Philip

    Without the bible, would we even know what sin is? I mean, isn't that where we first learned of sin? The bibles definition of sin is the absence of perfection. It's why we grow old and die! We inherit not only our parents sins, but the sins of their parents too, all the way back to the first human pair. And we add to that our own willful sins. Christ died for our inherited sins, not our willful ones. That's where repentance comes in. Our inherited sins have already been forgiven and atoned for. Our willful sins have not. To be forgiven for them, one must repent...literally 'to turn around'. Not just asking for forgiveness, but doing things that befit repentance. Not just to stop the willful sinning, but to head in the other direction doing what pleases God, not ourselves.

    July 25, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      What are you? When you say "we" what denomination or non-denomination or cult are you referencing?

      July 25, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    "We"...the human race. Our modern senses have us seeking revenge, even doing so in the name of God and Country. "Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord" in the bible. But without the bible, we think it's our job to seek revenge, that it's our "God given responsibility" to avenge the deaths of 9/11 victims, for example We, the human race, would be a lot better-off if we followed Christ's teachings as recorded in the bible RATHER than seeking our own personal satisfactions..

    July 25, 2011 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sheogre

    Um...since when is Manassas a small rural town? It's outside of DC!! If you want small rural towns of Virginia come down this way, outside Roanoke, like Floyd, or even further into the Mountain Empire area...thats small rural Virginia! Manassa is just a slice of DC...there's even a metro stop not to far from there, and the price for the "festival" they were running, OUTRAGEOUS! I wanted to take my kids, it would have been just a 2-2 1/2 hour drive, but it was so cost prohibitive for a family of 5...it would have cost us well over $125 just for tickets.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
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