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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Despite severe weather from Saturday, hundreds of people were out at Chehaw Park for their Annual Frontier festival.

Every year Chehaw volunteers transform the park, and take a trip back in time to the Frontier days.

Keith Seeley created this festival to teach the public about survival skills that date back more than 200 years.

"We're history buffs, we enjoy history. And it's the ability to do things with your own hands, that sets you apart from regular people," said Keith Seeley.

Volunteers say they come back each year because they enjoy showing visitors what life was like from the early 1700s to 1840s. Some people think it would be a challenge to live the frontier lifestyle.

"Umm, I can try. I do like modern times," said Elizabeth Robertson. Other visitors walked away with new found information.

"The dating candle. One of them vendors explained to us that the candle had a timer on it and the fathers could say yes this sooner could be over until the candle burns down these far type of thing. So that was really interesting," said Gail Gaulke.

This volunteer from Warner Robbins has been attending the festival since 1997 with his two children. Every year, they use this time to remember the simpler times, with a few exceptions.

"With some modern conveniences like running water that we can get. We do all our cooking out here and they participate in Tomahawk throws. Got to have extra blankets when it gets cold, you just can't turn on a heater switch," said Greg Pennycuff.

The frontier festival is in its 22nd year, and this step back in time was a history lesson that organizers plan to continue.

The park's next big event will be the Lou Thompson Memorial Trail Ride on March the 8th.

 

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