Celebrating the history of the old frontier
Special to the Journal
Take an adventure by stepping back in time to the eighteenth and nineteenth century for the annual Frontier Festival at Chehaw. It is set to take place the weekend this Friday through Sunday. The festival will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This festival is reminiscent of the annual black powder rendezvous held in the Rocky Mountains during the mid-eighteen hundreds. It was here that trappers would exchange their beaver pelts for necessary goods to make it through the year.
Along with the rendezvous, this festival exists to educate the public on the history and tradition of the early 1700’s through 1840.
“This event is a wonderful way to learn about and even experience daily life on the American frontier,” says Ben Kirkland, Chehaw’s natural fesources manager.
The festival is comprised of two main areas, trader’s row and the buck skinners camp. The participants in these areas are dressed in period clothes and camp in authentic dwellings from this time period.
Some skills that were essential to life on the frontier will be demonstrated on site by the buck skinners included firing building, candle making, tomahawk throwing, firing flintlock rifles, wood working and bead working. On trader’s row, the participants will be selling items from this era including clothing, moccasins, tomahawks, tin ware, candles and leather goods.
ABOUT THE PARKS AT CHEHAW
Featuring one of only two zoos in Georgia accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Chehaw also includes a BMX bicycle race track, 18-hole disc golf course, Wild Trail for walkers and runners and one of the largest playgrounds in the state.
Chehaw hosts special events throughout the year, like the Native American Cultural Festival in the spring, Swamp Stomp Summer Camps in the summer and Festival of Lights during the holidays.
Chehaw offers one of the area’s finest facilities for events such as weddings, family reunions and birthday parties. more information, visit www.chehaw.org or become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/chehaw