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Portal gets ready to host 30th annual Turpentine Festival

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BULLOCH CO., GA (WTOC) -

A piece of history will come to life in North Bulloch County this weekend.

Portal will be hosting their 30th annual Turpentine Festival. They will fire up one of the few working turpentine stills left in America to show visitors how rural folks made the pine-tar product that was used for so many purposes in the early 1900's.

"I can remember as a little girl, there were still people that did turpentining and it was a natural way of life, like cotton ginning. Now, we don't have anyone who still does it because there are so many synthetic products for what turpentine did," said Jan Haggins, Portal Heritage Society.

Visitors can also tour a turpentine museum. The festival will kick off with a parade at 10 a.m. and the festival will take place around the still.

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