The 41st annual Wewoka Sorghum Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22 in downtown Wewoka and at the Seminole Nation Museum, located at 524 S. Wewoka Ave., Wewoka. The family-friendly Festival is free and open to the public.
The Festival celebrates the age-old art of making sorghum, a thick, amber-colored sweetener once a staple in pioneer homes on the western frontier. The event is one of Oklahoma’s premier attractions, drawing nearly 20,000 people to the festivities each year.
“This year’s Wewoka Sorghum Festival is shaping up to be the most exciting yet,” said Richard Ellwanger, executive director of the Seminole Nation Museum. “We’re thrilled to welcome visitors in celebration of the diverse culture and traditions found throughout the Indian Territory.”
Festival goers will enjoy an array of entertainment, shopping and more including a parade, traditional Native American foods and a tractor show on the Museum grounds in the heart of the Festival. Visitors can also experience historical programing including sorghum cooking demonstrations on an authentic, mule-powered sorghum mill, storytelling and free admission to the Seminole Nation Museum as well as special pioneer and Native American living history demonstrations featuring hide tanning, lye soap creation, blacksmiths and more. Special guest Albert Gray Eagle will perform Native American flute music and teach cane-flute making.
In addition, visitors will have an opportunity to attend a meet and greet with parade honoree and Medal of Honor recipient, Bennie G. Adkins from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Festival features a free children’s area with crafts and cultural activities. Special guests include Trina Ingram demonstrating traditional corn husk dolls and Al Bostick presenting African American-themed children’s crafts.
The Wewoka Sorghum Festival is offering even more Festival celebrations in downtown Wewoka including a car show, art and photography show, quilt show, food and vendor booths and the John Lively Memorial 5K Run. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. with the parade to follow at 10 a.m. Live music and entertainment will be provided by bluegrass and western swing group Byron Berline Band, gospel group Higher Ground and classic rock and roll band Everfade.
This year’s Festival will also feature a special ceremony for the burial of the Sesquicentennial Time Capsule at 11 a.m. at the Seminole County Courthouse.
For more information on the Wewoka Sorghum Festival, visit SorghumFestivalOK.org. To learn more about the Seminole Nation Museum, please visit SeminoleNationMuseum.org.
The Wewoka Sorghum Festival was founded in 1976 as a joint effort of the Wewoka Rotary Club and Seminole Nation Museum. The award-winning event has become one of Oklahoma’s premier attractions, drawing thousands of visitors each year from across the U.S. and abroad to Wewoka on the fourth Saturday in October. For more information, please visit SorghumFestivalOK.org or contact Wewoka Sorghum Festival, Inc. at (405) 683-3636 or the Seminole Nation Museum at (405) 257-5580.