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So Long To Jacksonville's Grierson Days

Jacksonville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

A longtime festival in Jacksonville has come to an end.

Organizers of the Grierson Days have announced they're calling it quits after 20 years.   Money and difficulty getting volunteers were listed among the reasons for the decision.  

The celebration began a way to honor Benjamin Grierson.  He was a Civil War general who was from Jacksonville.  On the schedule each year was a battle reenactment in Community Park.

Brittany Henry, The Director of the Jacksonville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau,  says the plan is to bring a new historic event there.  "One that will include many different organizations here in town," she said.

Although that won't happen until at least 2017.

Last year, the original Grierson Society Chair Ron Gray decided to step down.  Others stepped in to help put on the last event.  Gray was given the inaugural "Friend of Jacksonville" award to honor his commitment to Grierson Days. 

Back in 2013,WUIS interviewed Gray about the festival and his interest in Grierson..

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