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LEXINGTON, Mo- Missouri State Parks is celebrating 100 years with a Centennial Passport programs where visitors can experience all that the park system has to offer. Many events and activities such as “Battle of the Bands on the Battlefield” are being held at these state parks to highlight 100 years of the highly-acclaimed park system.

Over 100 years ago during the Civil War in camp, music was a diversion away from the bloodshed, helping the soldiers deal with homesickness and boredom. Soldiers of both sides often engaged in recreation with musical instruments, and when the opposing armies were near each other, sometimes the bands from both sides of the conflict played against each other on the night before a battle.

As a focus on history with a modern twist, “Battle of the Bands on the Battlefield” will take place at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site in Lexington, Mo., and will feature two bands that will replace soldiers from the North and South. Perry Beam & The Franklin Hole and the Bucket Band will each play for an hour vying for cheers from the crowd. Cheers will ultimately determine the victor of the battle.

Beam & Eads

The event will take place today, July 14, 2017, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free to public but chairs or lawn seating is not supplied by the site. Battle of Lexington State Historic Site is located at 1101 Delaware Street in Lexington, Mo. For more information about the event call the site at (660) 259-4654. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com.