Western Missouri Antique Tractor and Machinery Association Project

Sorghum press

View of the sorghum press operating at Adrian show last October.

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511 Graff Way Lee's Summit, Missouri 64081

Each fall for the past several years, this club has had a fall get-together and festival, on the first weekend in October at Adrian, MO.

As with all growing clubs, one project has come to the front and is an increasing pleasure to watch and be a part of. Your club could also gain from this one's experience.

The project-sorghum molasses- from the field, to the press, to the boiling vat, to the capped jar on the breakfast table. It returns the club at least $1000 each year and is only limited by the available man and woman power. They sell out before it's ever made!

The Adrian club had a very active member and his wife who had moved into town from their farm, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Sexson.

He offered his old sorghum press from the old farm. The club said 'sure, bring it on.' Willis supervised rebuilding the old press, bearing, etc. and putting it on a base for use. He then built a new boiler vat and his family supervised the cooking off required to make molasses.

This all came about during the past three years.

Last summer, to the sorrow of the club, Willis passed away. His family followed in his footsteps and the sorghum cook-off went off as usual, this past October. Plus, the club made a memorial to Willis and mounted it near the sorghum works.

Well done Adrian!