Sorghum festival this weekend in South Point

Published 9:05 am Thursday, September 14, 2017

SOUTH POINT — This weekend will be the 19th year of the Sorghum Festival in South Point.

As always, the free festival features sorghum, apple butter and bluegrass music.

“Entertainment starts at noon with the Lincoln County Cloggers, and then we’ll have bluegrass gospel music from a couple of bands and then just regular bluegrass,” said Ivan Smith, organizer and founder of the event. “We have wagon rides, food concessions, and apple butter making. It’s just a good family day.”

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The Proctorville Eastern Star lodge is making the apple butter.

“They start about six in the morning,” Smith said. “It takes a long while to make.”

He said there wouldn’t be anyone making sorghum this year.

“The guy that makes the sorghum, he had heart bypass surgery in the spring, so he wasn’t able to plant the sugar cane and stuff this year,” Smith said. “But we will have some for sale. We got it on Wednesday in Kentucky.”

He said the festival attracts hundreds of people every year.

“We have between 250 and 300 people come and go during the day,” Smith said. “Some just come and buy some sorghum or apple butter. Others come and listen to the bands all day.”

There is a 60-foot shelter for people to watch the bands play.

“It gets plumb full,” Smith said. “We have chairs and some bench seating. We get a pretty good crowd.”

The festival is off of Sand Road behind the South Point High School.

“I usually just tell people to follow the highway patrol post signs and we are about 300 yards past the post,” Smith said. “There will be a sign outside the gate. It’s easy to find, either way you’re coming on U.S. 52.”