By Wayne Allen
The 34th Annual John Simon Sorghum Festival is scheduled to take place Oct. 2-4. The annual festival brings many people to Simon’s farm and also gives participants an idea of how sorghum is made.
The Festival is one of the longest running events in Scioto County will take place on Simon’s farm 8721 Pond Creek/Carey’s Run Road in Portsmouth. Activities of the festival includes sorghum making, dancing, singing, wagon rides, blacksmithing, quilting, dancing, wreath making, homemade soap making egg art and many other activities.
“I think people come here to see the peacefulness of the farm and see the cows. The chickens and the acoustic music. These are things people don’t get to see all the time,” Simon said. “We like to make music that is always one of the highlights of this festival. The music is spontaneous, there is no schedule. The musicians just come in and play. They play where they want to, and when they want to.”
He said the music will include Appalachian stringed acoustical music to be played by local musicians.
According to www.sorghumbysimon.com, “The John Simon Sorghum Festival is one of the favorite yearly events in Scioto County Ohio each October. John’s 5th generation farm entertains thousands of visitors that come to see how farming was done in the 1800’s as well as a variety of arts, crafts and see how sorghum molasses is processed from the sorghum cane to the jar. Bring a lawn chair and listen to musicians play their Appalachian stringed instruments while local artisans make Apple Butter, soap, toys, furniture, wreaths, handmade quilts and wall hangings and of course, Sorghum Molasses.”
The event and parking is free. The festival is open from daylight to dark.
For more information about the festival call 740-259-6337.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT