Sonker festival on tap for Saturday


By Eva Queen - equeen@civitasmedia.com



Sonker festival participants chat and listen to musicians who form an impromptu jam session on the front porch of the historic Edwards Franklin House on Haystack Road, during the 2014 Surry County Sonker Festival. This year will mark the 36th annual celebration of unique the Surry County dish.


Anyone hankering for that Surry County specialty — sonkers (of all flavors) — will be in luck this weekend. That’s because Surry County Historical Society’s 36th Annual Sonker Festival will be held at the Edwards-Franklin House on 4132 Haystack Road in Mount Airy.

The event is free to attend, including tours of the Edwards-Franklin home. Tour of the home are free during the gathering, which takes place from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

“This is a fun time for everybody,” said Dr. Annette Ayers, society president. Servings of sonkers and beverages will be available for purchase.

Sonkers are unique to the area, said Ayers. “Its important to preserve history and culture.” Ayers hopes that this festivals does that.

Sweet potato, cherry, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry and peach are among the flavors of sonkers made available.

Old time and bluegrass music will be played live by the band “None Of The Above” on the front porch of the home. Other musicians are welcomed to join in with the band, said Ayers. “Its a feeling of togetherness.”

The home was built in 1799, and has recently been fully restored to the early 1830s version of the home by the Historical Society. The home was originally Gideon Edwards’ home until Congressman Franklin bought the home. The plantation also originally had nearly 2,300 acres, according to Ayers.

For more information on the Sonker Festival you may call (336) 325-2161.

Sonker festival participants chat and listen to musicians who form an impromptu jam session on the front porch of the historic Edwards Franklin House on Haystack Road, during the 2014 Surry County Sonker Festival. This year will mark the 36th annual celebration of unique the Surry County dish.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_MTA1003SonkerFestAdv3.jpgSonker festival participants chat and listen to musicians who form an impromptu jam session on the front porch of the historic Edwards Franklin House on Haystack Road, during the 2014 Surry County Sonker Festival. This year will mark the 36th annual celebration of unique the Surry County dish.

By Eva Queen

equeen@civitasmedia.com

Reach Eva Queen at (336) 415-4739 or Tweet @MtAiryNewsEva

Reach Eva Queen at (336) 415-4739 or Tweet @MtAiryNewsEva

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