October 18, 2006 - Sorghum Festival Parade
Resolution 156 makes Blairsville Sorghum Festival official thanks to Ralph Twiggs
On February 6, 1995, Resolution 156 was passed in the Georgia House of Representatives to designate the Blairsville Sorghum Festival as the Official Sorghum Festival of the State of Georgia. The late Representative Ralph Twiggs introduced the resolution to the House on the Festival's 25th anniversary. It passed with a vote of 162 to 0.
According to the Resolution, Blairsville's annual Sorghum Festival was founded in 1969. This October makes 37 years of fun and exciting tradition.
The Resolution says that "Sorghum syrup making is a lively but dying art which the festival nobly keeps alive through education of the public and by making and selling the syrup on the festival site." There are also remarks about Blairsville, Georgia and surrounding areas being especially suited for growing sorghum due to climate and soil conditions. Resolution 156 hints that our syrup is the best, "Sorghum syrup making, which is the subject of the Blairsville Sorghum Festival, is an art flawlessly practiced only in the North Georgia mountains."
The resolution goes on to say, "The Blairsville Sorghum Festival contributes immeasurably to the continuance of venerable mountain traditions of living, working, and playing; and WHEREAS, it is profoundly important to the culture of this state and the economic viability of the mountain area and its people that the Blairsville Sorghum Festival receive recognition for its immeasurable contributions to the state; and WHEREAS, it is only fitting and proper that the Blairsville Sorghum Festival, being filled with the beauty and tradition of the mountain community, be declared the Official Sorghum Festival of the State of Georgia. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA that the Blairsville Sorghum Festival is designated as the Official Sorghum Festival of the State of Georgia."