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6th Annual Southern Pirate Festival to be held at the National Civil War Naval Museum

Pirate School – A new recruit learns the finer points of piracy from Billy Bones at Pirate Fest 2011. Pirate School – A new recruit learns the finer points of piracy from Billy Bones at Pirate Fest 2011.
The Pirates, with the help of their new recruits, raise the buried treasure at the end of the treasure hunt. The Pirates, with the help of their new recruits, raise the buried treasure at the end of the treasure hunt.
The pirates get the crowd ready to distribute the treasure at the end of Pirate Fest 2011. The pirates get the crowd ready to distribute the treasure at the end of Pirate Fest 2011.
Sulukule and Christy Fricks belly dance will return for the 2012 Pirate Fest. Sulukule and Christy Fricks belly dance will return for the 2012 Pirate Fest.
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The Pirates are coming…again!

The 6th Annual Southern Pirate Festival will take place this Saturday, October 20, at the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus.

This annual festival for all ages features live music and entertainment by local and regional performers, pirate scenes, battles and interactive treasure hunts, storytellers, mermaids and games.

Among the acts returning from previous years is the hugely popular Pirate School, an interactive children's show hosted by the bumbling but well-intentioned pirate, Billy Bones. In addition, the day will include ongoing activities throughout the festival such as canon firings, black powder weapons demonstrations, family and children's activities, face painting and more.

Vendors will be on hand offering food, drink and pirate merchandise, and guests can also tour the museum as part of their festival admission.

The Southern Pirate Festival is hosted by the National Civil War Naval Museum, as well as partner pirate crew "The Cursed Few," and is made possible by a grant from the Columbus Convention and Visitors' Bureau and the Columbus Cultural Arts Alliance.

For more information and a full schedule and performer listing, visit www.southernpiratefestival.com.

The Southern Pirate Festival will take place from 10 a.m.to 4:30 p.m., with events beginning at 11 a.m. Tickets for adults are $7.50, children ages 7 to 17 are $6, and children ages 6 and younger get in free.

The museum is located at 1002 Victory Drive in Columbus, Georgia, and is open seven days a week. For hours, admission and more information, visit www.portcolumbus.org or call 706-327-9798.

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