North Georgia Mountain Town Hosts Fall Sorghum Fest

The annual Blairsville Sorghum Festival is coming to the mountain town on Saturday, October 13-14 and October 20-21, 2018. It’s a great opportunity to soak in a bit of cool mountain culture, have some fun, and learn all about this important local crop.Golden syrup pouring in a thin stream onto a crisp waffle. Title: Blairsville Sorghum Festival. How Sweet It is!

Though not as well known as wheat and corn, sorghum is one of the top five cereal crops in the world, with the United States being the leading producer. Introduced to our country in the 1850, sorghum took hold in the mountainous areas of Appalachia. By 1860, Georgia was the fourth largest producer in America. The Blairsville Sorghum Festival provides an enjoyable way to help preserve and celebrate this local culture.

The festival, which is nearing its fiftieth year, is a two-weekend event with something for every age group. Head to downtown Blairsville either weekend and you’ll find demonstrations on syrup making, a biscuit eating contest, musical performances, and a square dance. A parade will take place on Saturday, October 13. Also on tap are arts and crafts, exhibits, pole climbing and log sawing—and of course, some great foods made with sorghum.

Blairsville Sorghum Festival
October 13-14 and 20-21, 2018
490 Meeks Avenue, Blairsville
Admission: $5/person
Saturday, October 13 events, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 14 events, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 20 events, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 21 events, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Blairsville is a pretty 45-minute drive northwest of Lucille’s Mountaintop Inn & Spa, which makes it an ideal day trip. Head out after breakfast and you’ll be there in time to enjoy the bulk of the day’s events. If you’d like a diversion, the area has several nice wineries, cafes, and shops to explore as well. Contact Lucille’s today to book your weekend stay!