Sorghum Festival, related events at Tipton-Haynes scheduled Sept. 18
Published 2:53 pm Thursday, September 9, 2021
The 22nd annual Sorghum Festival will allow visitors to see sorghum cane processed into molasses using a mule-powered mill on Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site in Johnson City from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The mule will be out turning the cast iron rollers, which squeezes out the delectable juices that are boiled down into molasses. Just to watch the mule work is worth a visit to the site, said a spokesperson. While activities will take place all day, Oscar, his crew, and the mule will be milling the cane in the earlier part of the day, so guests are welcome during the morning hours.
Visitors will also enjoy touring the historic structures of the property that will give them a glimpse of living in the 1800s. The historic cave will be open for everyone of all ages to explore and find their inner spelunker. Several local bands will be playing music in the historic barn throughout the day. Bring a chair or use one of the hay bales to enjoy the music.
Area historic museums will have representatives on site to help promote the region’s rich history. Food vendors of Mountain Boy’s Kountry Kitchen, P.A. Snack Shack, and Mountain Brooke’s Delights will be on site for visitors to enjoy a picnic. There will also be several local vendors selling homemade crafts. A handful of classic and antique cars from the Model A Mac’s group will be on display for visitors to view.
Visitors are invited to simply relax in the shade and appreciate the historic atmosphere while getting away from the fast pace of the 21st century. Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children 12 and under, and kids under 3 are free. As always, members of the Tipton-Haynes Historical Association are free.
Sorghum molasses will also be available for purchase — $6 per pint and $3 per half pint. For additional information, please call (423) 926-3631. Tipton-Haynes is located at 2620 South Roan St., Johnson City. Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site is a Tennessee Historical Commission State-Owned Historic Site.