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      Chehaw kicks off annual Native American Festival

      The 23rd annual Chehaw Park Native American Festival kicked off on Friday and officials say they've already had more than 1,000 visitors thanks to field trips from the Dougherty County School System.Chehaw officials expect around 6-8,000 total visitors throughout the event which runs until Sunday and say it has not only a big economic impact on the park itself but the local economy as well.Chehaw Park Executive Director Doug Porter says a good amount of the people who come to the festival are from North Georgia, Florida and Alabama and when they leave the park, they often go to restaurants, shops and even stay overnight at local hotels.Porter says the event which features live performances, vendors, and a variety of demonstrations grosses around $60-70,000 for the park.If you'd like to visit the Native American Festival, admission is only $1 extra to the regular park price.Stay connected to as stories develop and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation and connect with FOX 31!