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Posted: Saturday, November 20, 2010 1:15 am | Updated: 1:43 am, Mon Nov 29, 2010.

If you've ever imagined boarding a time machine and visiting different periods in history, Sunday may be the closest you'll ever come to that daydream.

The vast timeline of American history will replay in vibrant, living color in the fields of Queen Creek during the American Heritage Festival, a large-scale reenactment of U.S. civilian and military life so big, they hand out a map at the admission gate.

Presented by the Scottsdale-based living history organization We Make History, the festival brings a mind-boggling array of colonists, pioneers, mountain men, craftsmen and soldiers to Schnepf Farms, where they'll set up authentic encampments, hold church services and sing-alongs, and wage battle reenactments.

Dressed in impressively detailed and period-accurate costumes, the army of historic reenactors hail from across the country and span from colonial times through the Vietnam War. Among them are more than a few famous figures, from the Founding Fathers to Abraham Lincoln.

Throughout the day, visitors will get to interact with the actors, join in old-fashioned activities and shop for historic merchandise. Here's a rundown of the highlights:

9:30 a.m.: Parade, Pledge of Allegiance and national anthem

10:30 a.m.: 1740s-era Great Awakening-style church service

11:30 a.m.: Governor Juan Bautista De Anza

Noon: Revolutionary War battle

12:45 p.m.: President Abraham Lincoln

1:15 p.m.: Historic fashion presentation

2 p.m.: Civil War Battle

2:45 p.m.: Songs of The Civil War

3:30 p.m.: Civil War battle, followed by President Abraham Lincoln presenting The Gettysburg Address

4:30 p.m.: General George Crook

Tickets are available at the gate with cash only. No outside food is permitted (except for infants or those with special medical conditions), but Pizza Hut will sell pizza at $3 per slice or two slices for $5. Drinks are available at a water and soda booth.

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