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4th annual Sugar Cane festival sheds light on Nacogdoches history

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NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Saturday the Nacogdoches community took a step back in time at the 4th Annual Old Fashioned Sweet Tooth Sugar Cane Festival.

 "In Nacogdoches County, if they wanted sweetness they couldn't go to the store to get sugar," said Jeff Abt, President, Friends of Historic Nacogdoches Inc.

In the 1800's sugar cane was a staple in Nacogdoches County, the festival showcases how landowners managed to supply the popular product.

"Its really one of those lost arts people don't do as much anymore," said Jessica Sowell, Assistant Historic Sites Manager.

 At the Durst-Taylor Historic House civil war re-enactors demonstrated the pressing  process that can take anywhere from several hours to days depending on how much is being made.

"She gets hooked onto the end of the sugar cane mill, walks around in a circle and the three gears turn and squishes the sugar cane through the middle and pulls the juice out," said Sowell.

Sharon Curr is known in Nacogdoches as "The History Lady", she once lived in the Durst-Taylor home and says that farming was vital for every family.

 "Every family here had a garden of some type at the house," said Curr.

Festival officials say that there is something here for everyone.

For some it's trip down memory lane and other get glimpse of a time in history the never knew.

"Its really kind of a throwback and they get to see something they haven't seen in quite a few years and then there kids who have never seen anything like this, its an educational experience," said Sowell.

 The Friends of Historic Nacogdoches host the festival every 2nd Saturday in January.

 Later this year they will host a Columbia Collection Day in remembrance of the fallen shuttle.

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