With historic buildings and sites at risk and in need of repair, the Portal Heritage Society is seeking ways to raise money and breathe new life into the town’s annual Catface Country Turpentine Festival.
An upcoming softball tournament, followed by a child’s carnival and a “water day,” will hopefully be the beginning of a string of fun, lucrative events intended to fund repairs to the old Stewart’s drug store, the E.C. Carter turpentine still and other historic sites, said Carol Waters, secretary for the heritage society.
Set for Saturday, April 25, the softball tournament will be held at the Reidsville Recreational Facility. The one-pitch softball tournament will begin at 10 a.m., and the winning team could take home up to $400, depending upon the number of teams participating.
Teams are encouraged to sign up, but there is an eight-team limit, with two teams signed up already, she said.
There is a three game guarantee and a $200 entry fee. A 50/50 raffle will follow seed games, with tickets costing $2 each. Concessions will be available, she said. Teams interested may contact Waters at (912) 690-4232.