Old School Sorghum Festival sees smaller crowd, but still sweet success

Lauren Williams Staff Writer

October 19, 2013

The annual Old School Sorghum Festival, now in its 15th year, returned to McDaniels Crossroads, located between Garland and Roseboro, this past weekend.

Despite the cloudy and rainy weather, festival organizer and syrup maker John Matthews estimated that around 1,200 people turned out for the festivities on Saturday, Oct. 19.

“We didn’t have quite as many as last year due to the weather but it went well,” he said. “We think everybody had a good time so we’re very well pleased.”

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. festival attendees enjoyed the plethora of activities and entertainment that was scheduled including tours of the old McDaniels Schoolhouse, which was built in 1924, as well as tours of the old general store; a variety of crafts vendors selling their wares; a feast of hot dogs, funnel cakes, fresh-picked apples from the mountains of Virginia, and of course, biscuits and sweet homemade sorghum; displays of antique cars, tractors, and motors; horse and wagon rides; and live music provided by Charles Carlyle and the Just Friends Band, Della Sparrow and granddaughter Bridgette, Kenneth Lyles and group, AJ and Barbara Bullard, and the Dudley Twins.

“We certainly appreciate folks coming out and participating,” added Matthews, “and we’re looking forward to an even better year next year.”

The Old School Sorghum Festival is held on every year on the third Saturday in October at McDaniels Crossroads. Visit to learn more about the festival.