Re-enactors will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War at the 2011 Encampment this month, held in Grove City's Fryer Park.

Re-enactors will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War at the 2011 Encampment this month, held in Grove City's Fryer Park.

The three-day event will include a memorial for Kent Rodgers, a member of the 76th Ohio Infantry re-enactors, who died Jan. 9. Rodgers, a Grove City native, will be honored at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, said Louis Eyerman of the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society, which organizes the encampment. The memorial service will feature a 21-gun salute and a bagpipe ensemble.

In addition, the weekend offers a wealth of insight into life in the past, Eyerman said.

"It has a lot of educational value, not only for the military aspect of it," he said.

"There are trappers and people who lived in the wilderness. It all goes back as far as the Revolutionary War era."

Re-enactors also will portray William Dennison, Ohio's governor during the Civil War, and famous sharpshooter Annie Oakley with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show.

The 2011 encampment will begin at 7 p.m. April 29 with an evening of live music, including tunes sung around military campfires during the Civil War. Limited seating is available, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own chair or blanket.

Events kick off at 10 a.m. April 30. Live music will continue throughout the day, including tunes on the log cabin porch. At noon, visitors can watch an 1846-era baseball game. At 1 p.m. a bell will toll in remembrance of the deceased members of the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society.

Bluegrass concerts will be held at 2:30 and 7 p.m.

A vendor will sell buffalo meat, and volunteers from Southwest Public Libraries will hold activities for children in the school house.

Sunday's events include a 10:30 a.m. outdoor worship service, dedication of the new Bob Evans double pen barn at 1:30 p.m. and vocal music by the children of South-Western City Schools' Jackson Middle School at 2 p.m.

"It's a great family educational activity," Eyerman said.

The encampment will be held rain or shine and will be cancelled only if severe weather occurs.