Due to an accumulation of factors including logistics, anticipated
attendance and safety issues surrounding the deteriorated condition of the works,
it is my duty as Chairman of the Battle of Selma Committee to cancel the event scheduled
for April 27th through the 30th.
While our initial thoughts were to cancel the battle reenactment over the weekend
and conduct School Days on Thursday and Friday, discussion among members of the
committee argued against that plan because the lack of atmosphere, absence of vendors
for food, drink and trinkets, and the shortfall in meeting the expectations of teachers
who have been with us for many years would harm future potential for School Days.
In addition, since the potential for proceeds to be gathered over the four day period
mitigated against generating a loss by way of a rain out, banking on School Days
alone doubled the risk of loss due to bad weather.
In light of this view of the situation, the determination became an all or none
Though it is unfortunate to cancel the event at this late date, under circumstances
where we cannot guarantee our fellow reenactors a safe and fulfilling experience,
where we cannot guarantee sutlers and vendors a good turn out of buyers and where
we cannot guarantee spectators the excitement and spectacle the Battle of Selma
has always delivered in the past, the prudent course of action is to stand down
I would greatly appreciate your assistance in spreading the word regarding this decision, so that those who had planned to attend may change plans and adjust their schedules.
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