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August 24, 2004

Cook County - On a typical day at Reed Bingham State Park, you'll find Chet Powell and his reptilian friends teaching someone a lesson in nature. "We have a really versatile programming effort here," said Powell.

In fact, its the most versatile effort in Georgia. The state has given Reed Bingham its award for Best Year Round Park Programming. "We are a local treasure, and probably one of the best kept secrets in the park system," said Dave Rowswell.

Guests at Reed Bingham can choose from more than a dozen park programs, everything from reptile shows to boat rides on the river, and even late night alligator watches. "Last year the attendance at our programs alone was about 26,000 and that's not including people who came to water ski, picnic, swim, or camp," said Powell.

There's also nature hikes, canoeing, fishing rodeos, and all kinds of seasonal festivals. "In the fall the buzzards come and roost here and we'll be having a festival in the spring to show them off before they leave," said Rowswell.

And while thousands of people usually turn out for such events, park officials are hoping this award will draw even more visitors from other states. "We have a lot of people that come in but there's so many people who've never heard of our park," said Rowswell.

But that won't be the case much longer, as word spreads about the programming that's putting this South Georgia park on the map.

posted at 3:20 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com