Surry County 36th-Annual Sonker Festival at Edwards-Franklin House

By Andy Winemiller - [email protected]

The postponement of the 36th-Annual Sonker Festival left many area residents with a craving for a favorite local treat.

However, those mouths can once again water because the festival has been rescheduled Oct. 24. The event was initially planned for Oct. 3, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

The Sonker Festival is a fundraiser for the Surry County Historical Society. The event, which will feature live music in addition to opportunities to sample the local dish, will be held at the Edwards-Franklin House at 4312 Haystack Road.

There will also be a Civil War event and flat-foot dancing at the festival, and a serving of sonker will cost a visitor $3. Drinks will also be sold for $1 each.

Sonkers available at the event include sweet potato, cherry, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry and peach.

Historical society president Dr. Annette Ayers said sonkers are a dish unique to this area, and she hopes the festival plays a role in preserving the rich history of this part of North Carolina.

The venue at which the festival is held is also rich in history. Free tours of the Edwards-Franklin House will also be offered at the event. The home was built in 1799 and was recently restored to the 1830s version. The home, which originally sat on a 2,3oo-acre plantation, once housed U.S. Rep. Meshack Franklin, who served in Congress from 1807 to 1815.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. on Oct. 24 and concludes at 5 p.m. For more information regarding the event call 325-2161.

By Andy Winemiller

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Andy is a staff writer for The News and can be reached at (336) 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer for The News and can be reached at (336) 415-4698.

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