Special to SEGAZINE
Charlton Countians and thousands of visitors will be partying — swamp style — in Folkston this Saturday at the 2013 Okefenokee Festival.
Unfortunately, the Pioneer Day Celebration activities and Chesser Island Boardwalk Ribbon Cutting ceremony at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge have been cancelled this year due to the federal government shutdown.
“It is our hope we will be able to open our doors and gates to visitors soon,” ONWR Refuge Manager Michael Lusk told the Herald on Monday. “We are all saddened to have to cancel this event, but hope to reschedule when we are able to come back to work.”
Due to the amount of time necessary to put together the celebration and ceremony, the refuge activities will remain cancelled even if the shutdown ends before Saturday.
Refuge activities are the only ones cancelled and all events taking place in downtown Folkston will go forward as scheduled.
Beginning bright and early, the Folkston Lions Club will hold their Pancake Breakfast at Folkston’s First Baptist Church from 7 until 9:30 a.m. For just $4 you can get pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee.
You might want to skip the pancakes if you’re going to participate in the 5k Run/Walk & Fun Run which begins at 8 a.m. For those that prefer horse power over people power, the Custom & Classic Car Show begins at 9 a.m. in front of the courthouse annex on Third Street and continues until 2 p.m.