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Thousands expected for the 18th annual Old Fashioned Sorghum Festival in Wilgus

WILGUS -- It is a yearly event that draws thousands of people who want to see the way things used to be. The 18th annual Old-fashioned Sorghum Festival will be Saturday and Sunday at Wilgus.

Sponsored by the Lawrence County Draft Horse Association, the festival features apple butter and sorghum making done by traditional means.

"It's all done by hand," publicity chairman Judy Balmer said. "It's the way they did it 75 years ago."

The sorghum and apple butter, as well as homemade jams and jellies, will be on sale both days.

The festival will also include draft horse plowing, baking and pumpkin decorating contests. There will also be a draft horse colt raffle. For children, this year's petting zoo will include a llama and an alpaca.

Balmer said the annual event started years ago when some association members decided they wanted a way to show off their horses and have some fun. Since then, the festival has grown into a yearly community reunion.

"It brings people together," Balmer said. "There will be people there who don't get to see each other but that one time each year. It's a community thing."