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September 22, 2003
Volume 33, Number 260
Division of Parks and Recreation

Contact: Helen Haughey, Cultural and Recreational Resources, phone: (302) 739-4413 , e-mail: 

Fort Delaware State Park announces 2nd Annual CannonFire Weekend Sept. 27-28.

Fort Delaware State Park will host a weekend of events celebrating the artillery of the American Armed Forces from the past to the present day. Exhibits and demonstrations take place all day on both days, beginning at 10am.

As with last year, this event will attract all classes of guns, from toys to full-sized working guns. Carbides, marble shooters, toys and miniatures will be displayed and demonstrated at historic Fort Delaware, on Pea Patch Island. Full-sized guns and saluting guns will be displayed and demonstrated in Battery Park, Delaware City, facing Pea Patch Island. The newly-recruited and trained 1st Delaware Heavy Artillery reenaction group will live-fire the Civil War Era 8-inch Columbiad several times each day.

Battery Park guns promised so far include the Delaware National Guard's 155mm howitzer, a punkin' chunker, and a Revolutionary War Coehorn Mortar. Tentatively scheduled is a Civil War-era 3-inch rifle and a “6-pounder”.

The Fort will also feature vendors selling toys and firearm related products. All items sold will be limited to what is legal in Delaware.

Those interested in attending the event can call Fort Delaware State Park at 302-834-7941 for more information.





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