The Sorghum Festival was always a big deal at our house. It was akin to going to the state fair. So what is Sorghum? Think really thick molasses. We eat it on popcorn and biscuits. They have a small carnival, craft booths, a parade, a cane mill and mule, and live music. (Usually country, gospel, and/or bluegrass.) It’s a small festival and nowhere near the size of Mt. Sterling’s Court Days, but it’s still a lot of fun. It always takes place the last full weekend of September.
The Bluegrass Festival is exactly what it sounds like- a festival celebrating Bluegrass music. It usually happens around the first of July (in 2005 it was the 10th and 11th) and runs for two days. All sorts of Bluegrass bands play and they also have open mike sessions and gospel music. It’s a good way to see not only nationally touring Bluegrass musicians but also local bands as well.
The Sorghum Festival is always the last weekend of September. They close down Main Street and set up a long tent with many booths underneath. At these booths you will find a variety of Appalachian crafts, local art, food, wooden crafts, and other odds/ends things. It is always tradition in my family to purchase a Christmas ornament at the Festival that has the current year and represents something big that happened that year. For example, when we got our first pets in 1994 (2 cats) we got an ornament in the shape of a cat with "1994" written on it.
Not far from the tent you can walk down to Old Mill Park to see a number of bluegrass performers. Also the "famous" horse-drawn sorghum mill is here. You can get a free cup of sorghum made before your eyes.
Parade is on Saturday and the Sorghum Bowl (High School Football) is on Friday night.
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