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Law enforcers to host Pigs in the Park Festival

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

After more than 30 years of dedication to his career.. even through a tough 10 years of battling cancer.

Sheriff Donnie Haralson is a man clearly respected and loved by his fellow law enforcers.

To honor him, the Georgia Narcotics Officers Association is hosting the first ever Pigs in the Park Barbeque and Music Festival in Cordele.

"It's going to be a great day and to end it with money to go into a scholarship, to honor Sheriff Haralson, it's going to be excellent," said Billy Hancock, Crisp County Chief Deputy.

That scholarship will help encourage more folks to join Sheriff Haralson on the job his devoted his years to.

"If some young lady or some young man want to come out to be a law enforcement officer and someday they'll be sitting here after a 30 something year career here in law enforcement," said Hancock.

The festival starts Thursday with a two day golf tournament.

Then Saturday May 19th Georgia Veterans State Park will be filled with live Music, a BBQ competition, kids activities, and what Crisp County officials call redneck olympic games, a Mud obstacle course and cardboard boat race.

"Probably the most dangerous thing will be throwing a hubcap and you'll have to duck if somebody gets wild in the redneck games and throwing a hub cap. But it's going to be a lot of fun," said Hancock.

Then Saturday night a drawing will be held for a guitar autographed by South Georgia's own Luke Bryan to help fund a baseball field and upkeep to their field.

"Just want to invite everybody to come out and participate. We kind of guarantee you're going to have a great time," said Retired Major John Wiggins.

Even though it's the first festival of its kind in Crisp County, officials already hope it won't be the last.

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