Chehaw celebrates life on the frontier at annual festival

Chehaw's 26th annual Frontier Festival kicks off Friday. / Mary Green

Several families are living like its the pioneer days here in Southwest Georgia this weekend.

That's because Chehaw's 26th annual Frontier Festival kicks off Friday.

All the participants who are camping out are using items and clothing that reflect the 1700s and 1800s, Natural Resources Manager Ben Kirkland said.

Some participants will be working on different projects during the weekend, while others are cooking and selling their own goods for visitors who stop by.

The festival will also feature competitions like the frying pan and tomahawk throws.

But visitors don't have to dress in authentic garb or adopt pioneer lifestyles to attend.

"When I was growing up, history was kind of boring. This has been a lot of fun, learning history when you get down to the details of how people lived their day-to-day lives and how it changed with the American frontier," Kirland said.

The festival runs from Friday through Sunday and is free with park admission or an annual pass.

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