The Raid on Ravenswood may be moving to the Jackson County Fairgounds.

Last week, Eric Saho, captain of host unit the 17th Virginia Company F, asked the Jackson County Commission to move the event to the fairgrounds and rename it the Raid on Jackson County.

“We want to expand the event and are looking to move the event to the fairgrounds,” Saho said. “We want to make it bigger and better.”

Saho asked the commission for use of the entire fairgrounds from April 5-7.

Saho said the event has been successful in Ravenswood, but there have been some difficulties due to the size of the venue.

“The battlefield is so small that it’s hard to put on a realistic battle,” he said.

Commission President Dick Waybright said he did not see any issues with holding the event at the fairgrounds, but officials will have to go over logistics of the operation.

“Right now, I think it’s looking positive, but we just need to figure out the details,” he said.

Commissioner Mitch Morrison said he believed the city of Ravenswood would be disappointed to lose the event but he is glad it will continue because it provides an important perspective on history.

“I’m glad you’re including students. We can’t figure out where we’re going if we don’t know where we’ve been,” Morrison said.

Saho said he does not want to exclude the city of Ravenswood from participating in the event at all. However, he does want to open up the event to include visitors from more schools in Jackson County since the school-visitation day is the most important part of the event.

Ravenswood Mayor Josh Miller said it was indeed a disappointment to lose the event, but he wishes the reenactors the best in the future.

“It’s an unfortunate situation, but I want them to do well,” he said. ¤