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March 19--  The 67th Annual Pine Tree Festival and Southeast Timber EXPO focuses on an old-fashioned hometown celebration for Emanuel County with this year's slogan, “200 Years of the Amazing Pine Have Made Emanuel County Fine!” 

After hearing the voice of the community, the Pine Tree Festival Committee has decided to host the majority of festival events scheduled for Saturday, May 5 in downtown Swainsboro in order to make it more centralized and inviting. Other events will be held from Saturday, April 28 through Wednesday, May 9.

The Festival Committee is proud to announce the debut appearance of Swamp People on May 5. Swamp People, a popular History Channel television show that has seen record-breaking reviews and ratings with over 3.9 million viewers, follows swampers through a time of year that is crucial to their survival: the 30-day alligator hunting season

   {mosimage}Swamp People celebrities R.J. and Jay Paul, Jr. Molinere will be guest celebrities on-site at the 67th Pine Tree Festival & Timber EXPO, May 5 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., to sign autographs and take pictures. A Houma Native American, R.J. Molinere was born and raised in a small Native American village and has lived most of his life off of the land's resources by trapping, shrimping, crabbing, and alligator hunting. R.J. is a four-time World Champion arm wrestler, eleven-time National Champion, two-time Arnold Classic Arm Wrestling Champion, and two-time GNC Champion. Jay Paul, Jr. is a two-time Golden Gloves Boxing champion, regional boxing champion and undefeated MMA fighter. The pair began their stardom on Swamp People this past April. For more information regarding the show or the Molineres, visit www.history.com/shows/swamp-people, or find them on Facebook.

To find out more about these and other events, please visit the Pine Tree Festival & Timber EXPO website at www.pinetreefestival.org or visit the Chamber’s Pine Tree Festival site at www.emanuelchamber.org. Information may also be found on the Pine Tree Festival & Southeast Timber EXPO's page on Facebook.