The parade will kick off for the annual Sorghum Festival event at 11:00 o’clock this Saturday morning. People stand or sit on the side of the road on the “main drag” of our town and scream with excitement as the floats go down the street with people on them waving to the crowd. Our school bands will get to show off all their times of practice with their lively music to march down the street. All our fire trucks will be out blowing their horns with a loud noise as they drive slowly for all to see.
It like the Fair has come to our town. This event will draw lots of people who have been waiting for it since it closed out last year. There will be all kinds of contest but my favorite is the Biscuit contest. We will have to see who can eat the most with that good Sorghum Syrup on them. Oh! there’s fun coming our way….
This week was the first time I saw the fields of sorghum growing so well. Even with a dry spell it’s going to be a good year. Mr. Hughes will have his mill grinding the stalks making the stuff. Funny how all the old and young town men will come and gather around to watch the all night process in some places. It is a big production of boiling the stuff. Look at this one in Alabama…..
JUST A BIT OF INFO ON THE SWEET STUFF……Sweet sorghum has been widely cultivated in the U.S. since the 1850s for use in sweeteners, primarily in the form of sorghum syrup. By the early 1900s, the U.S. produced 20 million US gallons (76,000 m3) of sweet sorghum syrup annually. Making syrup from sorghum (as from sugar cane) is heavily labor intensive. Following World War II, with the declining availability of farm labor, sorghum syrup production fell drastically. Currently, less than 1 million US gallons (3,800 m3) are produced annually in the U.S. Most sorghum grown for syrup production is grown in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Sorghum syrup and hot biscuits are a traditional breakfast in the Southern United States.
Sorghum syrup is also used on pancakes, cornmeal mush, grits and other hot cereals. It can be used as a cooking ingredient as molasses is used. So I am out of here got to go now it’s time to head out and see all the excitement…………………