The fourth annual Sunflower Farm Festival is back, and organizers say they expect this year's event to be better than ever.
Benny and Debbie Penn (left), of Winfield, and Rebekah Wilson, of Appling, picked sunflowers at the 2002 Sunflower Festival. Participants can cut flowers at this year's festival in Rutledge, Ga., for $6.
"It's really a lot of fun," said Rena Holt, the event coordinator. "There's nothing quite like it."
The festival will be held at Holt Farm in Rutledge, Ga., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Festivities will include hay and pony rides, a child chorale, live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, an antique tractor parade, door prizes and more. Admission costs $3 and includes parking. Participants also will be able to cut sunflowers for $6.
"It's a pretty good bargain," Holt said, adding that the price increased by $1 because of the cost of fertilization and gas. "We give them a vase and they get to stuff as many flowers as they can."
Proceeds from the festival will go toward charities such as Habitat for Humanity, Project Linus and Madison/Morgan County Rotary Club projects.
Holt said the farm has about 11 to 12 acres of sunflowers that cover the field like a blanket, adding that it's a nice backdrop for the festival.
"It's a pretty festival," she said.
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