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Okefenokee Festival to give glimpse at past

POSTED: October 4, 2012 4:00 p.m.

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week with its annual Okefenokee Festival from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.

Visitors are invited to walk back in time for a glimpse at the ways of the “old swampers.” Those who explore Chesser Island Homestead will see how settlers washed clothes; smoked meat; collected pine resin for turpentine; made soap, fans, quilts and baskets using natural resources; and survived in and around the Okefenokee. Guests can relax while listening to bluegrass music and folk stories. Samples of boiled peanuts, soup, biscuits and smoked meats cooked on a wood-burning stove will be available. Games, such as musical chairs, sack races and a corn-shelling competition are planned.

Additionally, Okefenokee Adventures will offer a sunset boat tour for an additional charge. Visitors will have the chance to view alligators, wading birds and other wildlife. Call Okefenokee Adventures at 912-496-7156 for more information about the tour.

The refuge entrance fee is $5 per vehicle. Duck stamps and/or annual passes also are accepted. Free shuttle buses will leave from the refuge’s visitors center every 15 minutes, traveling to and from Chesser Homestead.

For more information, call 912-496-7836 or go to

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