The rest of the country may become familiar with it, too.
That's because the Public Television Network plans to show a documentary of it on its “America's Heartland” show.
The show features various agricultural topics.
A PBS crew will be at Simon's Pond Creek Road farm on Saturday to film the documentary.
A representative from PBS called Simon last week and told him of the network's plan.
“They went to the National Sorghum Makers Association and somehow they got my information,” the Shawnee State University music instructor said. “They're coming to this region to film the Bob Evans farm in Rio Grande, and then they're going to Bethel to film a winery. The next day, they are coming to my farm.”
The representative told Simon PBS would like to come back during the Oct. 5-7 festival.
Simon on Saturday will demonstrate how he makes sorghum, which is a liquid sweetener. He also will have a band playing Appalachian music.
“It's funny because there a sorghum farms all over southern America,” Simon said. “But they picked this one.”
He said PBS doesn't yet know when the show will be on television.
“I don't have a television,” Simon said. “But people I've talked to said it's a really nice program.”
One of the show's hosts, Pat McConahay, will be at Simon's farm on Saturday.
“We just want to talk to him about his story and how his crop is grown,” she said. “Our show is a farming show for non-farmers. It's a 30-minute magazine show that we try to make interesting for non-farmers.”
She said “American Heartland” crew members go all over the country looking for and shooting interesting stories related to agriculture.
JEFF BARRON can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 236.