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A step back in time

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Making sorghum the old fashioned way.
The second annual Sorghum festival hosted by Kenny and Barbara Weathers was held at Poor Boys' Garden near Caraway.

The old-fashioned sorghum harvest and cooking drew a large crowd. Visitors were from Caraway, Rector, Ravenden, Blytheville, Lake City, Manila, Jonesboro, Lepanto, Black Oak, and from as far away as Sardis, Miss., and Houston, Texas.

The sorghum mill used for the harvest has been around the Caraway area since 1940. The mill originally came from Orgill Brothers in Memphis and sold for $180 in the 1940s. It is American made. Melton Emery, long time resident of Caraway, said he was glad to see the mill up and running again.

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Kenny Weathers tests the sorghum.
"People would bring cane from everywhere to make sorghum," Emery said.

One guest at the sorghum harvest was Len Redding and he had memories of the mill. Redding said the mill belonged to Mr. Bogan and he worked the mill in 1944. He said they would get 80 to 100 gallons a day.

Again, this year, a pair of Belgium horses, Billie and Bobbie, belonging to Carey and Molly Pfeifer of Jonesboro came to Caraway to work the mill.

Kenny created a bandstand this year and invited bluegrass groups to entertain throughout the day. They served barbecue and enjoyed visiting, harvesting and making sorghum, games, and music.

Kenny created a racing duck game pumping water from old-fashioned hand pumps. A antique fruit orchard sprayer from the 1930s was on display.

The event even had a Sorghum Queen. Tammy Henry is the first sorghum queen and plans to reign until next year's event.

Kenny enjoys spending time at his Poor Boys' Garden and was glad to see so many people out for a day stepping back in time


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I STILL REMEMBER LIVING ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE MULE POWERED MILL IN CARAWAY. WE WOULD TAKE LIDS OFF TIN CANS AND GO TO THE MILL AND SKIM OFF THE TOP. A BETTER TREAT HAS YET TO BE INVENTED!!

-- Posted by SWEETPICKLE55 on Sun, Sep 30, 2012, at 12:30 PM


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