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Savoring the sorghum

October 22, 2013

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Folks line up to buy a jug of sweet homemade syrup at the sorghum stand Saturday, Oct. 19 during this year’s Old School Sorghum Festival at McDaniels Crossroads.


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Festival organizer John Matthews is also the chief sorghum maker, cooking up a batch of syrup on site every year the morning of the festival.


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A big part of the Old School Sorghum Festival is keeping old traditions and skills alive by passing them down to younger generations. Here, young boys watch and learn how blacksmith work is done.


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Inside the old McDaniels Schoolhouse, built in 1924, Sally Smith of Grantham shows a festival goer how she works at the loom.


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Festival-goers enjoyed live music throughout the day on Saturday. At 1 p.m. Charles Carlyle and the Just Friends Band took to the stage near the old McDaniels Schoolhouse, entertaining the crowd with old favorites like ‘Salty Dog’ and ‘Foggy Mountain Breakdown.’


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Many folks hopped in one of two horse-drawn wagons and enjoyed a ride around McDaniels Crossroads during this year’s Old School Sorghum Festival.


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Organizer John Matthews chats with a festival-goer inside the old general store that once housed the post office for the community. A replica of that post office is located at the front of the store.