Final preparations underway for Battle of Gettysburg anniversary

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Jun 27, 2013 1:50 PM

From left to right: President of Gettysburg Foundation Joanne Hanley, Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Bob Kirby and Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau President Norris Flowers.

(Gettysburg) -- Four years of planning have gone into the commemoration of 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and it's about to pay off over the next ten days.

Crews are busy constructing a stage near Union General George Meade's Headquarters and the last of the portable restrooms are being unloaded in key locations around the battlefield.

Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Bob Kirby concedes he may have initially underestimated the scale of this commemoration. "We didn't maybe order enough port-a-potties, or enough chairs, or enough this and that," Kirby says. "We've now rectified that."

Everything is now falling into place for the official 10 day commemoration, during which Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau president Norris Flowers says more than 500 events are planned in and around the borough.

"We fully expect over 250,000 people to descend here on Gettysburg and Adams County, and we will see an economic impact of over $100 million when this is over," he explains. Those numbers are just for the week-and-a-half commemoration, itself. For the entire year, Flowers estimates a $750 million economic impact on the region.

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