Sorghum fest draws large crowd

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Kenny and Barbara Weathers welcomed over 300 to Poor Boy's Garden for the third annual Sorghum Festival.

Kenny and Barbara Weathers welcomed over 300 guests for the third annual Sorghum Festival held at Poor Boys' Garden near Caraway on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The old-fashioned sorghum harvest and cooking has grown each year with games, food, entertainment, antique tools, and much more. The horsepower used to power the mill is provided by Carey Pfeifer of Jonesboro. Local friends join in the day of harvest and cooking the sorghum.

Also, joining the festival this year was a demonstration by Lloyd Lamb and Scott Spurlock, members of the Northeast Arkansas Amateur Radio Club. The club demonstrated how they work during emergency situations.

Making sorghum, the old fashioned way.

"We work with the Red Cross, office of emergency services, and other agencies in times of emergency," Lamb said. "Operators are licensed by FCC and use frequencies controlled by the department of defense. Anyone interested in becoming an amateur radio operator can contact any club or club member."

Kenny Weathers expressed his appreciation to everyone who participates in the day. This year the rain on Friday prevented the old-fashioned plowing with mules. The weather was great on Saturday for the event.

Performing this year at the bandstand was the bluegrass band, Buffalo City Ramblers, from Cabot. Other musicians joined in jam sessions throughout the day.

McKinlee Weathers, granddaughter of Kenny and Barbara, riding in antique pedal car. The antique pedal cars on display are original pedal cars from the 4th of July picnic several years ago. Barbara rode these cars at the carnival when she was a little girl.

Sponsors for the bluegrass music included Nall Farms, Miller Farms, Kelton Farms, McCord Farms, Dunkerson Farms, Rodney Jackson Farms, Rusty Jackson Farms, Ricky Jackson Farms and Hunter Jackson farms.

Everyone enjoyed a barbecue luncheon with Boston Butt and all of the trimmings.

A large collection of antique tools were on display. Old-fashioned games, including duck races powered by hand pumps kept the young people busy.

"In A Jam" from Lepanto had lots of homemade jellies and jams for sale.

The 25 gallons of sorghum "juice" yielded 3-1/2 gallons of sorghum.

Next year's event is planned for the third Saturday in September.

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