Sunflower Festival at Copper Creek Farm
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.” Helen Keller
Looking for an outing to see an incredible field of sunflowers, enjoy fun activities with the kids, and bring home a bucket of dazzling sunflowers? Copper Creek Farm is hosting its annual Sunflower Festival which goes on select days from June 16 to July 4. I was delighted when a photography friend invited me to go. I have always wanted to see a sunflower field, but have never been lucky enough to make it to one. The entrance to the farm is splendid with a long wooden bridge over a lovely creek and cascade.
At very front of the farm is an adorable gem mine. When my boys were young they loved to mine gemstones. Sadly those days are gone for me, but maybe one day I’ll be bringing my grandkids here.
You can take a cow ride or a hay ride around the field.
If you get hot or hungry there is a snack bar and red tent with picnic tables to sit, relax and eat something in the shade. This view is from the middle of the sunflower field. Notice how the sunflowers all face the same direction – toward the sun – just like Helen Keller mentions in her quote.
At the giant barn there are pony rides, jumping pillows (like a trampoline) and barn loft slides for the kids.
There are many colorful zinnias planted around the edge of the sunflowers. It was fun to get some photos of these colorful flowers, and then photograph the radiant sunflowers with these colored beauties behind them.
There are several varieties of sunflowers planted – orange, red, yellow, large, small…
It was fascinating to see the stages of the blooming flowers from a new bud to exquisite bloom to dying and going to seed.
There is a large platform in the middle of the field where you can climb the stairs and get a bird’s eye view of the field. These girls were picking sunflowers and taking photos like most of the visitors.
If you are looking for an outing to enjoy the sunflowers, bring home a bucket of sunflowers and zinnias and/or take the kids for some summertime farm activities this is a great spot. It will brighten your day for sure. The only negative about visiting the farm is that June is the month for sunflowers, but also a hot time of year to be outside. If you go, I suggest you make it there at 10 am when they open or go in late afternoon before they close.
What girl doesn’t want her photo taken in a sunflower field? Well… normally I don’t like to have my photograph taken, but who can resist such a picturesque spot? My friend, Sharon Fuente, who is a fabulous photographer took these photos of me at the fields. We got carried away taking photos of the sunflowers, and took these photos right before we left which was around noon when it was very hot. If we did it again, I would say take any photos with people in them first.