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Oatland Island hosts cane grinding and harvest festival on Saturday
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SAVANNAH—Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s “Cane Grinding and Harvest Festival” will be held Nov. 8 from 10 a.m-4 p.m.

Visitors will enjoy this festive fall celebration amidst the aromas of cane syrup, hearth baked corn bread, apple butter and other fall harvest foods. The festival celebrates Georgia’s diverse agricultural history and economy.

During the festival the Second Harvest Food Bank will be conducting a food drive to stock up for the needy during the holiday season, so bring non-perishable food items to donate and receive a free general admission pass for a future trip to Oatland.

The sounds of music by the Savannah Folk Music Society will fill the forest with traditional rhythms while visitors watch how sugar cane is juiced and turned into cane syrup as it was done 150 years ago with a horse-drawn mill.

Children can enjoy Oatland’s “Native Animal Nature Trail,” pony rides, hay rides, crafts and games. Food and refreshment concessions will be available.

Admission is $7 for 18 and older, $5 for military, seniors and children 4-17. Children under 4 are admitted free. For more information call 898-3980 or visit

The center is a unit of the Savannah-Chatham County School System and serves as a field study site for students throughout the region. It features a two-mile “Native Animal Nature Trail” that winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetlands and salt marsh habitats and links many native animal exhibits such as wolves, black bear and cougar. Oatland is open daily to the public for self guided tours from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.