Guests planning to attend the 150th commemoration of the Battle of Perryville, Oct. 6-7, can save money and avoid long lines by purchasing advance tickets online.
The Kentucky Department of Parks is offering advance tickets for the first time, with savings of between $5 and $7.50 on the ticket price. Advance sales will be available through Sept. 28.
The Battle of Perryville was the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky. More than 7,600 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing. Each year, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site commemorates the battle with re-enactments, living history programs, battlefield tours, authors and book signings, period entertainment, vendors and more.
Online tickets for adults are $15, compared with $20 at the gate. Advance tickets for children ages 6-12 are $7.50, compared with $15 at the gate. Guests ages 62 and older can get advance tickets for $10, compared with $15 at the gate. (There is a 95-cent-per-ticket convenience fee charged for online purchases.)
Also new this year is free admission for fourth-grade students who are studying Kentucky history (in fourth grade as of October 2012) with a paid adult admission. Online tickets for paranormal tours are also available (for ages 12 and above). Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform will be admitted free. All current and former members of the military with military ID are also free.
To purchase advance tickets, visit kentucky.gov/perryville. You will receive an e-mail confirmation and should bring that with you on the day of the event at the will-call booth.
The online registration service was developed at no cost by Kentucky.gov, a public-private partnership.
For more information about Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site and other Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov.