SEVEN SPRINGS SORGHUM FESTIVAL: Sweetening the pot

By JENNIFER MOONSONG

Jobe Publishing Regional Features


September has arrived, and in Metcalfe County that means it is sorghum time.

On September 30th, droves of people from across the state will gather in the north end of the county, for the 5th Annual Seven Springs Sorghum Festival.

The festival, which can be described as a celebration of old-time traditions to usher in Autumn, draws people of all ages and walks of life.

“A lot of the older ones like to come because it reminds them of their childhood, and time spent down on the farm in their younger days,” said the festival coordinator, Rebecca Froggett.

Bubbling sorghum cooked to perfection before being poured into jars for sale.

Youngsters like to come out to see antique tractors, play games, and sample food. And people of all ages enjoy the 5K Run, live entertainment, and plethora of vendors with a wide variety of wares.

Of course, the main attraction is the sorghum itself.

“We start by cutting the sugar cane, then we run it through the cane mill, and we cook the cane juice all day,” said Froggett.

“We make the sorghum during the festival so that people can watch and see the process,” she said. The processes for making and growing the cane keep in step with agricultural traditions. “We don’t use any chemicals, or fertilizers, it is completely natural,” Froggett added.

The finished product ready for sale and enjoyment in favorite recipes or slathered over hot buttered biscuits.

Adults can go to the festival for just $5, and children 7 and under are free. Vendors are still welcome, but booth spaces full up quickly for this one-of-a-kind event, so interested vendors need to call Rebecca as soon as possible, at 270-528-1448.

For more information, visit the website at sevenspringssorghum.com

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