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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Most people would see modern technology as a mixed blessing for society.  While it makes it easier to communicate, it can also lead to another set of things to worry about - things like identity theft.

But this weekend you can go to a place where modern technology is more likely to include flintlock guns than video games.

Visitors to Chehaw Park can be forgiven if they think that they've entered a time warp this weekend.  But it's not really the early 19th century - it's the 20th Annual Frontier Festival.

Ben Kirkland, the Natural Resources Manager at Chehaw Park said, "you've got everyone from replicating the French and Indian War Period to the American Mountain Men, the Rocky Mountain fur trappers."

Re-enactors from all over the Southeast are here to show off their skills this weekend.

"Some black powder rifles, the flintlocks shooting, some friendly tomahawk throwing competitions some primitive archery," said Kirkland.

Andy Gurley of Dacula was making custom bows and arrows at his camp site, for many of these re-enactors it's a labor of love - and a way to carry on a family tradition.

"My grandmother was full blooded Cherokee, so I've always been interested in the Indian way of doing things," he said.

Friday his audience was a group of home schoolers from Dougherty and Lee Counties.

It was education day at the Frontier Festival.  And the kids that were here were learning some lessons, lessons that they can't necessarily learn in their classrooms.

Cody Ross of Lee County is more comfortable with his portable video game system than with a bow and arrow, but he still thought that seeing the re-enactors was a neat experience.

"They're pretty cool," he said.

Still, he isn't sure that the early 19th century is the place for him.

"Because they didn't have inventions."

He was with Erin O'Connell, who seemed to be a little more open to a gadget free lifestyle.

"There's a lot of things that I would have loved to learn to be able to do," she said.

That's what organizers of the event are hoping for.

Ben Kirkland said, "I've seen already not only in kids but also in adults some wide eyed amazement."

They're hoping to show off a lifestyle that features plenty of hard work, but plenty of fun as well.

The Frontier Festival runs through Sunday and admission is free with admission to the park. The festival runs from 9 am until 5 pm both days.

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