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Catface Country Turpentine Festival to be Saturday and Sunday

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Posted: October 25, 2007 5:01 p.m.
Updated: November 9, 2007 5:00 a.m.
    For the first time in many years, the Catface Country Turpentine Festival in Portal will last two days, not just one.
    Saturday and Sunday both will be filled with fun, excitement, crafts, food, and live entertainment, according to festival committee member Cathryn Glasford.
    "We are so happy ... it will be two days like it use to be," she said. "The local business people have been so wonderful about helping us out this year with their donations.  I ,for one, thank them so much."
    Miss Turpentine will ride in the parade, which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and rolls through Portal's Main Street, also known as U.S. 80 West. Parade grand marshals are Dr. Roger and Annette Branch, she said.
     Visitors to the small town in northwest Bulloch County will be able to enjoy a museum tour guided by Gaynelle Wright and view a documentary about the production of turpentine. "It's very interesting," Glasford said.
    Portal has a rich agricultural history that includes manufacturing turpentine. The name of the festival is derived from the marks turpentiners slashed on pine trees, resembling cat's whiskers.
    A festival isn't a festival without fun for kids, and this year Carter's Rocks-N-Rides will keep the giggles coming. Some vendors will have games for kids too,  set up near the rides.
     The fun doesn't stop at sundown. After a day filled with live entertainment, the streets of Portal will rock as The Variations play for the street dance.
    The event is a family oriented occasion and alcoholic beverages are not allowed, according to organizers.
    Sunday will feature more of the same, with gospel singers and other entertainment all day long as visitors browse food and crafts booths. Must-haves include a bottle of turpentine (made on the grounds at one of the state's only working turpentine stills, the E. C. Carter Still) and rosin-baked potatoes.
    Saturday's entertainment includes the following: Southern Stompers; Southern Dance Academy; W. A. Arrington  —  country comedy; Will Gay; Whitney Bush; Erin Wilson; Lorie Mesorio School of Music; Sonrisers  —  Friendship Baptist Church; The Guernsey Family, and then the  "Variations."
    Sunday's entertainment includes musicians from: First Baptist of Portal; Aaron Church Group; Friendship Pickers; The Whitesville Males; Pine Grove Church; Light Weight; and The Christian Bells, Glasford said.
    For more information access Internet web site www.portalheritagesociety.com and click on the page  "Turpentine Festival.
     
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