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Native American Festival will draw hundreds

More than 1,000 students are expected More than 1,000 students are expected
Nature Resources Manager, Ben Kirkland Nature Resources Manager, Ben Kirkland
Della Garcia, vendor Della Garcia, vendor

Chehaw will have nearly a thousand new visitors. Today they're kicking off their 3 day Native American Festival.  Organizers say they are looking forward to seeing people come out and celebrate one of the biggest events for the park

Chehaw's Nature Resources Manager, Ben Kirkland, expects to see a good turn out this year. He says hundreds of students, teachers and parents will join in on live entertainment and shows. The festival is bringing a world champion hoop dancer, flute players, story tellers,
primitive technology experts as well as the popular Aztec dancers and warriors on horseback.

Kirkland says Southwest Georgia has a very strong Native American heritage, its even where Chehaw got its name. The festival is a way to keep that history alive and educate visitors in a way that allows them to interact.

Della Garcia, a vendor from Peru and part of the Inca tribe, says its important to her because she can share her values and her crafts with southwest

"We travel all over the U.S. and South America and for us its very exciting, this area is so beautiful, so much nature and animals and all that," Garcia said.

Chehaw will also have a variety of other activities such as rhino and alligator feeding as well as the cheetah run. Kirkland says his favorite part of the festival is to be able to show what the park has to offer, he believes it gives visitors a greater appreciation.

The Native American Festival starts from 9:30 to 2pm, Friday for a special kids day. It continues Saturday from 9:30 to 6pm and Sunday 9:30 to 5pm. Admission is $1 more than regular park and zoo price, adults $10.75 and kids $7.75. There is also a two day pass is offered, $18 for adults and $12 for children.


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