Every year, about the same time, Blairsville gets knee-deep in sorghum, syrup, that is. The 2013 Sorghum Festival Parade will be held on Saturday, October 12 at 11:00 a.m. The theme for the parade will be 'What We Stand For.'
The festival has been a part of this mountain town for over 40 years. The dates for 2013 are October 12-13 and 19-20 at Meeks Park from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. On the second weekend of the festival, Hazzard Life will be making an appearance. From their website,
Hazzard Life has its own fleet of replica 'Dukes of Hazzard' cars, including the famous 1969 Dodge Charger "The General Lee 01", CJ7 Daisy Duke 'Dixie' Jeep, Plymouth Fury 'Sheriff Rosco' Patrol car, Cooter's Tow Truck, a 1969 Dodge Charger General Lee Drag Race Car and the newly added Uncle Jesse pick up truck!
The Carolina Moonshiners will also be in Blairsville for the second weekend of the festival. Come learn how to make moonshine, for medicinal purposes, of course.
There will be a demonstration on how sorghum syrup was, and still is, made today. For folks who are clueless, sorghum is the thick, dark syrup made from fresh sorghum cane, a natural sweetener. This was the syrup, with which, folks in the mountains coated their pancakes. Many still do. The fresh stuff can be purchased at the festival.
Thousands of people flock to the Sorghum Festival each year. The walking exercise is free, breathing the much-cooler-than-surrounding-areas mountain air is free, parking is free and the socializing for good mental health is free. The syrup isn't free, but you can try it out with a biscuit to see if you like it.
A car show is also held during the festival weekends at the United Community Bank. In fact, there is so much natural fun involved in the Sorghum Festival, people need two weekends to enjoy it all. For more information on the festival:
Blairsville Sorghum Festival
PO Box 701
Blairsville, GA 30514
Parade route info: sorghum.blairsville.com