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File Photo32nd annual John R. Simon Sorghum Festival is set for Oct. 4 through Oct. 6.
File Photo32nd annual John R. Simon Sorghum Festival is set for Oct. 4 through Oct. 6.
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Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

The 32nd annual John Simon Sorghum Festival is set to convene Friday, Oct. 4 through Sunday Oct. 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. nightly. The Festival is one of the longest running events in Scioto County will kick off Friday, Oct. 4 at John R. Simon farm located at8721 Pond Creek/Carey’s Run Road in Portsmouth.

“I suppose it’s a little unusual to have a festival for 32 years. We are thankful to be able to do that, and to have our health,” Simon said. “It seems like a pretty good crop this year, the people come here and seem to enjoy the natural environment of this farm.”

Simon said he greatly appreciates the Sorghum Festival, and the way it brings the community together.

“It makes me appreciate it more each year that I live. A lot of the people that come here are very neighborly,” Simon said.

Simon said preparation for the Sorghum Festival is a major undertaking which involves year round efforts.

“We pretty much have to work the year around with the planning. There is the fertilizing of the ground, and then planting and cultivating the crops and I get some help with that.” Simon said.

He said he anticipates a massive crowd this year, but is saddened by the absence of many.

“We always have thousands of people to come out, but over the course of the years we have lost a lot of people that usually come out. Many people are deceased, or have become old, and are unable to participate, and we miss them whenever they go away,” Simon said.

Simon said live music is an important feature to the Sorghum Festival and will continue to be.

“We like to make music, that is always one of the highlights of this festival. The music is spontaneous, there is no schedule. The musicians just come in and play. They play where they want to, and when they want to,” Simon said.

He said the music will include Appalachian stringed acoustical music to be played by local musicians.

An abbreviated list of activities for the 2013 Sorghum Festival activities will include:

Making sorghum



Wagon rides


Hand quilting

Homemade furniture and toys

Homemade soap-making

Grapevine Wreath-making

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Cooking and Children’s games

In addition to the signature food item, sorghum, festival attendees can also enjoy homemade apple cider, pickled corn, pumpkin, gourds, squash and plenty of other refreshments.

According to Simon, the festival will continue offer free admission and parking. He said the farm location can be easily accessed from State Rt. 73, State Rt.125 and State Rt. 52.

Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286 or portiawilliams@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Portia on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

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