A Civil War re-enactment held at Fort Stevens State Park for the past 27 years plans to relocate.

A Civil War re-enactment held at Fort Stevens State Park for the past 27 years plans to relocate.

Colin Murphy/The Daily Astorian

With suspicions they are no longer welcome after 27 years, organizers of an annual Civil War re-enactment at Fort Stevens State Park — the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest — will relocate.

After years of waiving fees, the park planned to impose day and camping fees for each of the roughly 800 re-enactors as part of a special use permit, organizers say. They claim the park took five months to respond to their permit application when the process typically takes weeks.

“We also felt that the state parks no longer want us here,” said Earl Bishop, the group’s chairman.

Organizers estimated the fees would have cost the nonprofit $6,500. The re-enactment typically costs the group about $15,000, Bishop said. State parks offered to allow the group to keep gate fees — $20 per car last year with special prices for motorcycles, bikes and those who arrived on foot.

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