PDT Staff Writer
The annual John Simon Sorghum Festival on Pond Creek Run began Friday and wraps up today. The festival has a long tradition of food, fun and sorghum making.
"We have every age here and every kind of music," said Simon as he sat in a barn and played music with friends.
While he played music, vendors were set up around the farm, including people making homemade apple butter, jams, preserves, soap and other items.
"We make sorghum everyday," Simon said. "There are horses giving kids rides in an old-fashioned wagon and people making cookies, candy, pies and those things that will make anyone happy."
The vendors setting up on the farm approach Simon during the year, and Simon said as long as the vendors represent Appalachia, they can participate. Simon said he tries to honor the traditions of Appalachia.
"This is the only place around you can act like country folk," said Jessie Osborne, who has been coming to the festival for years. "There are a lot of good people that come to this, a lot of people with the same outlook on things - they're country people and have a country outlook. They like country music and they like other country people. It works out real good."
Osborne said the sorghum festival is one of the best things around for people that like a country atmosphere.
Beside the homemade crafts and food, music plays a major part in the festival.
"This is an event I would never want to miss," said Joann Claxon, a former resident who traveled from Mt. Vernon to attend the festival. "It has some of the best music and some of the best fiddlers. There are young people participating who are carrying on the tradition of our Appalachian music and that's appreciated."
The festival will begin at daylight and end at dusk today.