Upholding an annual event in a time of COVID is no easy feat. But George Ranch Historical Park is doing what it can to turn one event into tradition — global pandemic or not.

For the second time, the park will hold its World War II Reenactment event this Saturday.

According to Fort Bend History Association Marketing Director Jeni Zamora, the first time this event took place was in January 2020, right before coronavirus swept the nation.

“We are hosting the event this month to commemorate VE Day, which took place on May 8, 1945,” Zamora revealed.

“VE Day was celebrated by the UK and America to commemorate the Allies acceptance of the Nazi’s unconditional surrender during WWII.”

Zamora added that this is the only opportunity visitors can witness the event until next year. “We are super excited to have the re-enactors back out at the ranch.”

“Our Allied friends the British and Russians will be joining the US Paratroopers and Sixth Cavalry as they camp out at the 1930s George Ranch House,” he said.

“Depending on turnout, we hope to have a victory parade, which will include antique vehicles.Guests can expect to explore the bivouac camp as well as some non-military 1930s vehicles. We’ll also have a bunch of programs for children including knitting, plane spotting, and our victory garden. There will be a special exhibit on display in the George Ranch House featuring items from the POW workers that came to the ranch from the Fort Bend County internment camp.”

George Ranch Historical Park is requiring all guests to wear a mask when inside any of its buildings or historic houses. There’s plenty of room outside to social distance as well. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch.

The park will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 1. At-the-door pricing will be $15 for adults ages 16 and older, $10 for children ages 5-15 and free for ages 4 and under. George Ranch Historical Park is located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond.

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