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Portal firing up turpentine still to celebrate piece of Southern history

PORTAL, GA (WTOC) -

Portal is firing up a turpentine still for a fun look at a part of Southern history.

At the annual Portal turpentine festival, they’ll make quarts and quarts of old-fashioned turpentine.

The industry helped many Southern families survive the Great Depression.

"They started scraping the trees for pine gum and sold it to buy shoes and school clothes for their children. They bought food for their families,” said Jerry Lanigan, Portal Heritage Society.

The festival kicks off Saturday with a parade at 10 a.m. in downtown Portal and the fun lasts through the day.

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