New Photo & Video Contests For 5th & 8th Graders at The Blue and The Gray Civil War Reenactment

Moorpark, Calif.—Fifth and eighth graders are invited to participate in the Rotary Club of Moorpark’s “Best Still Photo” and “Best Short Video” contests as part of The Blue & The Gray Civil War Reenactment, March 17 and 18, in Moorpark.

Activities during the weekend include four battle reenactments (with cannon and musket fire), Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address and solider and civilian encampments. Students can take pictures and videos during the weekend and submit their best photo and/or video.

“Fifth and eighth graders are studying American history including the Civil War,” says Dale Parvin, Rotary event chair. “We try to make the Civil War events they read about in their history books come to life. The photo and video contests will take it one step further.”

Contest participants will not be permitted to go onto the field where battles are being reenacted. “Great photos and videos can be taken along the sidelines,” says Parvin. All encampments are available for photo or video recording. Students may use or interview reenactors for their video or still photos. Students may enter both contests. Videos must be 60 seconds or less to qualify.

Entries, along with the student’s name, phone number, age, school and name of teacher need to be emailed to The submission deadline is Friday, March 23.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and notified by phone and posted to the Rotary’s website by Friday, March 30. Winners receive $200, $100, $50 for first, second and third place in each category. In addition, one entry will be selected, from all entries, at random, and the winner and family will receive a dinner for four at Café Firenze in Moorpark.

The Blue & The Gray Civil War reenactment in Moorpark is the largest battle reenactment on the West Coast. Now in its 17th year, the event takes place at Hitch Ranch (100 West High St., Moorpark, entrance adjacent to the Moorpark Post Office). Hundreds of re-enactors from all over the country come to Moorpark each year to participate.

Hours are 10 4 p.m. Admission is $20/adults (online, $22 at the gate), $15/ages 6 through 17 (online, $17 at the gate), free/ages 5 and under. Bleacher seats are an additional $4 per person, per battle. Parking is $5 per car. A free shuttle will take visitors to the event site.

Discount tickets and family and group packages are available online with an early bird special offering through February 28 (promo code: CIVIL). For more information: go to,, 805-279-5253. For contest rules, go to and click on Photo/Video Contest.

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