“This is our 30th year and that’s a long time for someone to have a festival,” Simon said. “Somehow, I’ve been fortunate enough to keep this festival going.”
“There are a lot of people that come to the festival that didn’t grow up on farms and they do not get the chance to experience one. They can come here and see chickens, cats and dogs, cattle and crops being harvested and all of that,” Simon said. “During the Sorghum Festival it seems to be an atmosphere in its own here on the farm.”
Some of the features of the festival include old-time music with fiddles, banjos and harmonicas. There will be apple butter making along with homemade jams and preserves. There will also be live demonstrations of sorghum making.
Simon said there will be several artists from the Boneyfiddle Arts Center that will be set up at the festival. Other items of interest during the festival are homemade pies, sorghum suckers, grapevine wreath making, homemade soap making and blacksmithing.
The John Simon Sorghum Festival is out Ohio 73, two miles past Elks Country Club. Turn left on Pond Creek Road and the farm is one mile up the road.
There is no admission to the festival. The festival is open daylight to dark. For more information, call 259-6337.