Why sunflowers? “Sunflowers just make you smile,” Kelley says. Who can argue that logic?
Nelson and Kelley are hoping to make this year’s sunflower festival bigger and better than its inaugural year. The sunflower festival starts Tuesday, July 17 and run through Sunday, July 22. The week features a surplus of musical guests, local art, take-home items, henna, photo opportunities, activities for the kids, and vendors.
Gloves, pruners and baskets are provided to cut the flowers. The Nichols encourage festival-goers to bring along buckets with water to get the flowers home in mint condition. A potting bench provides an ideal spot to bundle your flowers with rubber bands, or you can grab a vase and create your arrangement before you go.
You can bring your own meals and drinks each day, but if you’re wanting a quick snack, a soft drink, or a meal, Golden Groves is happy to provide. There will be snacks and drinks for purchase throughout the event. You can also purchase a pulled pork dinner on Thursday evening to support Kadyn’s Krew and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Each day features musical guests and a beautiful view of the sunset. Booked musicians include The Shandies, The Detours, The David Dove Band, Uke 66, Emma Bennett, Amy Marrone and Charles Curless. Artists play daily from 6 to 8 p.m. Keep an eye on Golden Grove’s Facebook or website for updates.