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Portal hosts 36th Turpentine Festival
Celebration set for Saturday
In this file photo from 2016, Georgia Williams, background right, talks turpentine with Sam Varn during Portal's annual Catface Turpentine Festival. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/file
The local country and Southern/classic rock band Southpaw will wrap up the 36th Annual Portal Catface Country Turpentine Festival Saturday, Oct. 7 with a street dance. The day begins with a parade through Portal at 10 a.m., and afterwards the festival site opens to offer live entertainment all day, food, kiddie rides and plenty of vendors, said Portal Heritage Society President Timothy Cook. The annual fund raiser is hosted by the Portal Heritage Society, a non-profit historical group, and celebrates the small northwest Bulloch County’s rich agricultural heritage, which is highlighted by the strong turpentine industry that once occupied the town.
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