MASON CITY - Union and Confederate soldiers will clash again during the second-annual Salvation Army Christmas Bell "Ring-Off" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at Southbridge Mall.
Civil War re-enactors portraying Union troops will ring bells at the North doors (naturally), while Rebels ring at the South entrance to the mall.
The side which raises the most money gets bragging rights for the coming year.
The North raised about $123 to the South's $80 to win the first Ring-Off, said event coordinator Mark Smith of Mason City.
"This year I'd like to raise at least $300 between the two of us," he said. "The real winner is the Salvation Army, and that's what this is all about. It's more important that the Salvation Army gets the help so they can do the work they do."
Smith said the troops also may sing Christmas carols and tell stories.
Last year, "the South tried a ‘charm offensive' and had several Southern belles ringing bells," he said, adding that the North may employ a Yankee version this year.
Call the Salvation Army at 641-424-4031 for more information.
- By Richard Johnson