The Sorghum Festival grows bigger every year and draws hundreds more than the last. Residents of Blairsville, their families and tourists from far-away places attend the festival where sorghum syrup is made in front of a large audience. What makes the festival so popular and why is it good medicine to attend?
Sorghum cane was once one of the few ways of sweetening foods and beverages. Because it is no longer considered a viable cash crop, no one has bothered to genetically alter the cane. Thus, sorghum syrup is a natural sweetener just as good as it has always been. People stock up on the sticky sweet stuff every year at the festival.
There were other items for sell that make good natural medicine, such as the old-fashioned lye soap. This is one of the best natural soaps money can buy. Briar Stevens, a local young man, was demonstrating the art of soap making for festival goers and answering questions about the process. Stevens told his audience that lye was made from the ashes of hardwood and rain water. Animal fats are boiled with the lye to make soap. Today, people make soap using a variety of oils instead of animal fats.
Whiskey stills were on display, demonstrating the art of homemade brews. Of course, making whiskey is still illegal without a license, but extracting essential oils uses the same method.
Anytime friends and family come together to experience a festival, listen to music, watch an event unfold or just catch up on family things, something happens that is good for a person's health, naturally. Keeping strong ties with people that matter in your life makes living easier and lessens the stress of every day events.
There is always a festival, fair, car show or gathering somewhere in the North Georgia Mountains. Maybe these people realize the value of taking life a little slower and stopping to admire the wonders of natural life.