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Sweeten you day at the 10th annual Sorghum Festival

The folks at the Heritage House Museum are braving the cloudy skies today as they work to sweeten your day with the 10th Annual Sorghum Festival in Mount Ida.

This year’s Sorghum Festival is offering area cooks an opportunity to show off your best sorghum recipes this Saturday at theHeritage House Museum’s 10th Annual Sorghum Festival.

The festival  to be held Saturday, October 26, at the museum in Mount Ida. There will be a cooking contest featuring two categories. You can enter in either the bread or dessert category. If you so choose you can enter in both. The only requirement is that the recipe includes sorghum.

If you would like to participate in the contest please call the museum at (970) 867-4422. Judging for the contest will begin around 10 a.m. Saturday.

Sorghum Festival Heritage House Museum
The biscuits are warm and the sorghum is sweet at the Sorghum Festival today. – Photo by Dwayne Holloway

The Sorghum Festival is a walk back in time to a sweeter day when local farmers grew sorghum to make their own syrup. The festival gives those interested in the sweeter things in life an opportunity to see the sorghum making process from beginning to end as volunteers crush the plants to extract the juice all the way through the cooking process in the cook room.

Museum Director Karen Rouse is excited about this year’s event which she believes will feature a bumper crop for them to work with. She shared that they may be able to have some sorghum cooked ahead of time for tasting.

Regardless of whether the Montgomery County sorghum is ready or not, the museum will have sorghum on hand for tasting over fresh biscuits. They will also have sorghum cookies available and cane pieces to chew.

The event offers something for everyone with vendors and demonstrators set up displaying a variety of talents.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, October 26, and admission is free to everyone.

Heritage House Museum of Montgomery County is located on the corner of Luzerne Street and Highway 27 South at 819 Luzerne Street in Mount Ida.

The Museum offers a host of exhibits that share information about every aspect of the history of Montgomery County. Exhibits are constantly rotating in and out of the museum so even if you have been there before it is worth another trip.

For more information about the sorghum festival, or the Heritage Museum visit their website at, or call (870) 867-4422.

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