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Faithful crowd comes out for Sorghum Festival

Sep. 22, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

SOUTH POINT -- A faithful crowded waited out the early rain to get fresh sorghum, apple butter and honey at the 15th annual Sorghum Festival in South Point Saturday.

It's always worth it, said Lavalette resident Joyce Adkins, who bought a pint of each of the three delicacies. Watching the process and all the smells in the air takes her back to her childhood, she said.

"I used to go through the field and cut the cane," said Adkins, who grew up on a farm near Beech Fork.

Ivan Smith, one of the event's organizers, said they had about 41 gallons of sorghum, but only had that much because they brought in some cane from out of state. A rough summer of windy weather knocked down a good portion of the field, Smith said.

But the event was still a success, with hundreds of people coming out to purchase sorghum, apple butter, honey or beans and corn bread. They also enjoyed live music that went on through the afternoon.

Among the folks who had to get their pint was South Point resident Christie Enyart. She said she comes every year and likes bringing her children so they can see how such tasty biscuit spread is made.

"It's old fashioned. People don't do this much anymore and kids get to see it," she said, adding that she uses her sorghum to put on biscuits or to bake with cookies.

For more information, call 740-894-4294 or 740-646-1699.