Sorghum festival draws large crowd at Poor Boy's Garden

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Over 200 gathered for the fifth annual sorghum festival held at Poor Boy's Garden near Caraway on Saturday, Sept. 19. The weather cooperated and everyone enjoyed the fall day filled with activities such as old-fashioned wagon rides, harvesting of the cane, a sorghum mill operated with horse power, tools, tractors, making sorghum, and much more.

Making sorghum the old fashioned-way.

The event, hosted by Kenny and Barbara Weathers, continues to grow and each year new events are added. This year a group from Shaver Camp, Sons of the Confederate veterans, were at the festival and fired several shots from a cannon.

NEA Amateur Ham Radio operators broadcasted from the event.

The horsepower used to power the mill was provided by Carey Pfeifer of Jonesboro. Local friends and guests joined in the harvesting of the cane. The sorghum mill used for the event is part of Caraway's history and has been around the area since about 1940.

Rep. Dan Sullivan and his wife Maria Stewart Sullivan led everyone in singing the National Anthem and the Pledge to the American Flag.

Country music was provided by Roger Williams and friends followed by bluegrass provided by the Buffalo City Ramblers.

Also tickets were sold for a Martin guitar to be given away with all proceeds going to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

McKinlee Weathers, 3, the reigning Miss Sorghum Princess, along with her grandparents, welcomed guests.

A barbecue luncheon with all of the trimmings was served.

The sorghum was cooked in a pot the old fashioned way.

Mrs. Willie Whitney from Manila attended. She came to the very first sorghum fest.

Craighead county officials in attendance were Kade Holliday, Hannah Towell, Candace Edwards, and County Judge Ed Hill. Also in attendance were U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford and State Representative Dan Sullivan.

"It was a great day and we appreciate everyone who came out to spend it with us," Mr. and Mrs. Weathers said.

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