On behalf of the Nevada State Fair and the Nevada Civil War Volunteers (NCWV), I would like to thank you for your interest in attending our event. It gives me great pleasure to be able to work on the organization of this event. The Kit Carson Rendezvous used to be a staple in the community’s summer, and was greatly missed. Last year, thanks to the Nevada State Fair, history came alive again in Carson City. In this, our second year back in operation, we expect an even greater event than before.
This will be a four day encampment in Mills Park, Carson City, Nevada. It will run from June 8-11 as a part of the Nevada State Fair. Overnight camping is welcomed and encouraged. We will have facilities onsite for water and restrooms. These standard operating procedures include everything our fellow living historians and vendors should need to know when it comes to this event.
The basic premise is that this is a Pacific Area Civil War Reenactors (PACWR) event, sponsored by a PACWR club. All attendees must obey the safety rules of PACWR, and they will be adhered to. Any safety problems will be handled by the designated safety officer or committee from NCWV.
Mills Park is located in mid-Carson City. Our camp will be located on the West side of the park. Coming from California, one can proceed down Carson Street until William Street. At William Street, turn to the East and the park will be on the right side of the road. From East of Carson City, continue West down US-50 until you see the park on your left (South) side.
For setup, driving vehicles on the grass will be permitted, but vehicles may not remain on the grass once they have been unloaded unless prior permission has been given. When driving on the grass, be aware of sprinkler heads! They will be marked by orange paint, and in high traffic areas, orange cones. Setup will be permitted as early as 13:00 on Tuesday, June 6. We understand there are many who will not be able to arrive then, and for that reason, any attendees will be permitted to arrive and setup any time before 09:00 on Saturday, June 10.
The two armies and the civilian town will all be set up in the same general area. Each brigade will be permitted to have at least one camp street, if not more. Below is a general diagram of the camp area (not drawn to scale). For setup:
Attendees are encouraged to RSVP with Noah Jennings to ensure we will have adequate space for the camps.
Below is a map of the park, subject to change:
Red: Access to reenactor camps. Green: Access for vendors/sutlers. Yellow: Battlefield. Blue: Parking and RV/camper locations (shuttling can be provided).
For all reenactors, camping will be welcome in the period camp of your brigade/period. For those who prefer to stay in RV’s or campers, we will have parking space available for your vehicles, although hookups will be largely unavailable. Any fires must be in an above ground fire pit, so as to prevent any danger of fires and limit damage to the grass in the park. A donation of wood for fires is being procured currently.
Since this event is located near residences, we must be courteous to neighbors. The fair will close at 23:00, and “quiet time” will be enforced at 23:00 hours. It will be requested that each unit or club put forth at least one or two individuals for provost duty per night. Provost shifts will begin at 01:00, and run until 07:00 The more volunteers, the less sleep will be lost by the Curator. We should have at least one golf cart available for this watch.
Safety is our most important priority at this event and every event. The safety rules of the Pacific Area Civil War Reenactors will be followed for all battle scenarios. The safety rules of the Nevada Gunfighters will govern their activities.
Various scenarios are welcome in camps, but all individuals should be warned before any firearms are discharged in camp. Once again, PACWR safety rules govern this. Please talk to Noah Jennings before taking any actions in this regard.
In the event of a safety violation, the individual who observes it must immediately inform the Safety Marshal. The Safety Marshal will then gather any involved parties and witnesses, and present them to the Safety Committee consisting of: The Union, Civilian and Confederate Chiefs of Staff and the Safety Marshal, with the NCWV Chief of Artillery and the NCWV Chief of Cavalry as non-voting members. The Committee will conduct an expedited investigation to determine if a violation took place. If it is found that it did, the guilty party will be reprimanded by the committee. If it is found that no violation occurred, no action will be taken.
With that, let’s all have a safe, fun event. You can contact Curator Noah Jennings at 775-297-5854 or [email protected] with any further questions.