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.
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