Georgia town hit by tornado to go on with festival
RINGGOLD, GA. (AP) - City leaders in the tornado-ravaged north Georgia town of Ringgold, Ga. have decided to go on with the community's annual celebration.
The Chattanooga Times-Free Press reports that Ringgold will host its 1890's Day Jamboree Friday and Saturday, despite the April tornado that heavily damaged the town.
Event coordinator Ronal Graham said the celebration is "a means of keeping Ringgold alive."
Graham and about 45 volunteers spend the whole year organizing the free music and entertainment festival. It features gospel music, fiddle contests, an art show, car show, beauty pageants, fireworks and live music.
The storms killed eight people in Catoosa County - which includes the town of Ringgold - and 15 across Georgia.