Fall River celebrates 15th annual Sorghum Fest

September 21, 2018
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Dennis Buchda checks the temperature as water boils in a large pot Sept. 15 at Sorghum Fest in Fall River. The boiling water was used to cook sorghum later in the day. Buchda said he typically prepares about 100 pints during the annual event at Savanna Oaks.

From rock music to classic cars, there was something for everyone at this year’s Sorghum Fest at Savanna Oaks in Fall River.

The annual event marked its 15th anniversary Sept. 15. Dennis Buchda spent much of the day boiling water to cook freshly-harvested sorghum. Buchda said he usually prepares about 100 pints at the fest.

Cercis Brewing Company in Columbus teamed with local sorghum growers to brew a sorghum beer, on tap at the fest. Plenty of homemade food was also on the menu.

Under a large tent, the Fall River High School Pep Band entertained festival-goers with a live show. The band rocked out to classic tunes from Guns N’ Roses, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Scorpions, Nirvana and many more.

The event also featured several vendors, including Johnny Ray Zark from Sullivan who creates metal yard art. Zark said he’s attended Sorghum Fest for many years. Louis Van Alstine, a blacksmith from Wyocena, was busy sculpting tools on his anvil.

In addition, this year’s fest hosted a 5K run/walk and a classic car show, hosted by Badger Antique Auto Club. Cars from several decades were on display.

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