ROCKFORD — It could be a scene from Forrest Gump.
There will be sweet potato pies, sweet potato sonkers, sweet potato biscuits, sweet potato cornbread, sweet potato fudge, sweet potato roll ups, and yes, sweet potato coffee.
Fans of the tasty tuber would do well to mark their calendars for Sept. 21, when the historic village of Rockford hosts the 16th Annual Sweet Potato Festival.
The event, free and open to the public, gets under way at 10 a.m., and continues until 5 p.m.
Organizers promise there will be something for everyone at the fun-filled, all day family event.
“We’re going to have live music all day, with plenty of vendors to browse,” said organizer Carolyn Carter. “There will be blacksmithing demonstrations throughout the day, and of course there will be plenty for the kids to do.”
Carter says there will be a monkey train available for the little ones to ride as well as horseback rides.
“While the kids are playing, the adults can walk around and look at the items offered by the vendors, or munch on some sweet potato goodies,” she said.
And there will be plenty of goodies, Carter promised.
“We’re adding new foods every year and this year we’ve added sweet potato coffee,” she said. “Last year we added the sweet potato roll ups, and the year before that we added the pound cake.”
Music lovers won’t be disappointed, either.
This year’s musical line-up kicks off at 10 a.m., with the Zephyr Band.
The performances continue with:
• 11 a.m., Larry Wishon.
• Noon, The Soulshine Band.
• 1 p.m., The Stan Bobbitt Band.
• 2 p.m., Justin Crissman.
• 3 p.m., Kara Dunn.
• 4 p.m., Glory Road.
Carter said the bands, all local performers, are designed to offer attendees a wide variety of music.
“We try to have something for everyone, from gospel to bluegrass to pop and country,” she said.
And while Rockford may be a little off the beaten path, Carter said the annual event has become a favorite that is well worth the ride.
“This is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy historic Rockford while experiencing the sweet potato in a way you’ve never had them before,” she said. “That’s what it’s all about.”
For more information, call Carter at the Rockford General Store at 336-374-5317.
Reach Keith Strange at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-1929.