The 21st Annual Ocmulgee Indian Celebration was held in the park in mid-September, drawing over 19,000 visitors. The previous record for the event was 18,000 visitors, set last year.
On September 14th, during the “school day” portion of the event, approximately 3,200 area school children attended.
More than 250 Native Americans, representing over 20 federally-recognized tribes, participated in this year’s event. Maintenance staff and interpretive and protection rangers from Horseshoe Bend, Andersonville, Martin Luther King Jr., Timucuan, Kennesaw Mountain, and the Southeast Archeological Center assisted the park’s staff. Also providing support were local deputies, Ocmulgee National Monument Association staff, and 360 volunteers, who collectively contributed 1,536 hours of service.
Twenty-seven medical cases were reported during the event, which was managed under ICS with Guy LaChine, the park’s chief of operations, serving as IC.