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Presidio La Bahia program attracts thousands
by Coy Slavik, Advance-Guard Editor
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Members of Col. James Fannin’s Texian militia fire their cannon toward Santa Anna’s Mexican troops during Saturday’s second skirmish at the Goliad Massacre and Living History program at Presidio La Bahia.
Members of Col. James Fannin’s Texian militia fire their cannon toward Santa Anna’s Mexican troops during Saturday’s second skirmish at the Goliad Massacre and Living History program at Presidio La Bahia.
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GOLIAD – Mary Little and her husband were making a swing through Texas when they found out about the Goliad Massacre Living History program at Presidio La Bahia.

The Littles, who are from Hope, British Columbia, were at a Texas RV park when they heard about the annual event Friday night.

They became instant fans.

“It was a No. 1,” Little said Saturday after seeing the first re-enacted skirmish between Santa Anna’s Mexican soldiers and Col. James Fannin’s Texians. “It was awesome. We’re going back tomorrow.”

The event drew thousands of visitors from South Texas and beyond. The various state license plates on the cars and the number of buses transporting guests attested to the popularity of the two-day program.

“I like the night event in the chapel,” said Anita Eisenhower, a Corpus Christi resident and member of the Daughters of the Republic who was making her fifth trip to the event. “To come in there when it’s dark by candlelight is really special. It gives you an eerie feeling of what history was like at that time.”

Newton Warzecha, Presidio La Bahia director, said Saturday’s crowd may have been a record.

“I think we were looking at about 4,000 total admissions for Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday,” Warzecha said. “That’s pretty much what we’ve been doing in the past. We had probably fewer people on Sunday. We had a huge crowd on Saturday.”

Warzecha said the two days went without any problems he knew about.

“As far as I know, we did not have one hitch at all,” Warzecha said. “The thing we are always concerned about is someone getting hurt. People fall down and hurt themselves.”

The program was greeted with summerlike weather Saturday as temperatures reached the mid-80’s.

“The weather was OK,” Warzecha said. “We certainly can’t complain about that.”
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