New Market businesses ready for busy reenactment weekend

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NEW MARKET, Va. (WHSV) — Thousands of visitors are expected to stop by the town of New Market over the weekend for the 155th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of New Market, and downtown businesses say they're ready.

Shops, including the Jon Henry General Store, have their shelves packed with snacks and coolers filled with drinks for guests to come by and enjoy.

Jon Henry, the store owner, said last year during the annual reenactment, his number one seller was beef jerky, so he's made sure to stock up on more packages. Other items he's stocked up with include historical gag gifts, like Abraham Lincoln socks, for the history buffs.

He said many of the businesses in downtown New Market started preparing for the reenactment months ago.

"It's been in all the merchant meetings, all the Chambers of Commerce meetings," Henry said, "just letting folks know about this weekend so that no one is caught off guard, and so we're definitely prepared for it."

Henry said in years past, a fear business owners had for the weekend was not having any locals come in. He said the traffic over the weekend in years past has not been as bad as predicted, and he encourages those in the community to still come by and shop.