Sunflower Festival set for multiple dates in August

Sunflower Festival set for multiple dates in August

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Sunflower enthusiasts will have multiple opportunities this August to be surrounded by more than 40 varieties of the flower at the annual Sunflower Festival at Coshocton KOA campground on a 4-acre field of sunflowers.

Special events will be held before and after the main festival, which is scheduled Aug. 12-14. Events will start the weekend of Aug. 6-7 with the Sippin’ on Sunshine wine and beer tasting on Saturday and an Early Bloomers Day on Sunday. A final weekend will be held Aug. 20-21. Weekdays are scheduled for Aug. 8-9 and Aug. 18-19.

All weekend events will include food trucks, live music, craft vendors, a cash bar and wagon rides to the sunflower field. Weekday events will offer a refreshment stand and merchandise stand.

More information and tickets are available at the website at www.coshoctonsunflowerfestival.com. Each ticket includes one cut sunflower to take home, and additional tickets can be purchased for larger Bucket O’ Sunshine and Bundle of Joy bouquets.

Even though there will be many activities, it’s the sunflowers that attract people to the event with their multiple colors and varieties.

“We’re so used to just the standard yellow sunflowers, which are beautiful too, but it’s really cool that people can make bouquets to take home, so it’s nice to have like some color varieties,” Bailey Bowman of the Coshocton KOA said. “Then we do a wildflower walkway. It’s a walkway up to the bridge to see the rest of the whole sunflower field from above.”

The festival keeps growing every year.

“We’ve added more dates. It used to just be one weekend. And now it’s multiple weekends, multiple dates. That really helps with people that are busy that one weekend. They can come another time,” Bowman said.

The food trucks are another draw. The Coshocton KOA ice cream and lemonade truck is available every weekend, along with JB’s Smokin’ BBQ and Radio Fryer: Classic Paninis on Aug. 6; JB’s Smokin’ BBQ on Aug. 7; Don Polo Mexican Food Truck, She’s Snack Shack, Real McCoy BBQ and Denver’s Kettle Corn Aug. 12-14; and Grandmom Minnie’s Munchies Aug. 20-21.

Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket to spread out at the festival and sun protection like sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and umbrellas. The festival will be held rain or shine.

Musicians scheduled to perform this year are Dan Heidt and The Tuscarawas River Band on Aug. 8; Brad Fuller and Chuck Williams on Aug. 7; Gary Bonewitz and Broken Child Band on Aug. 12; Rocky Fork String Band, Barefoot McCoy and Generation Gap on Aug. 13; Chuck Williams and The Lewis Pride Band on Aug. 14; Barefoot McCoy on Aug. 20; and Songbird Ohio on Aug. 21.

Season tickets to the event are an option. They are good every day except the Aug. 6 Sippin’ on Sunshine event. They also are popular with photographers who use the field as a backdrop for photos.

“If you’re a photographer and you want to book people for photos, we recommend getting the season ticket and then you can come back multiple times with your clients,” Bowman said.

The festival draws many people to the area.

“We actually have a lot of people that come from out of town, which is really cool. It definitely draws people to Coshocton for other things too,” Bowman said.

The Coshocton KOA campsites are booked for the main festival dates; however, there may be availability on other dates. Campers get a wristband for the festival with their reservation.

The campground also offers activities on the weekends during the summer, like crafts for children and adults, parties, wagon rides, and barrel train rides.

“We usually do family movie nights on Friday. And then we have a pool here, a little playground, a jump pad, and we have a little dog park as well,” Bowman said. “We have a lot of stuff going on for camping in addition to the festival. We have nice family activities.”

The availability of the flowers at the festival also depends on Mother Nature. For the early times, all sunflower varieties may not be blooming, and for the later times, some varieties may be finished or picked. It’s good to remember more flowers bloom each day.

Visitors should keep an eye out for new varieties.

“We have one that I really haven’t seen before. It’s the Teddy Bear. Its petals are a lot different than the other ones. And then we have the Skyscrapers, and their flowers are huge,” Bowman said. “We have a lot of different colors of them. There’s like a burgundy, and there’s some that are like burgundy around the center and then they get lighter on the outside of the pedals — just a lot of different colors that you don’t really see other places.”

The festival offers handicap parking at the field when available or golf cart rides to the field for those physically unable to board the wagon or walk. A handicap-accessible, portable toilet is offered at the festival area.

The sunflower field is approximately one-quarter mile from the parking area.

Visit the website, call 740-502-9245 or email events@coshoctonkoa.com. The Coshocton KOA is located at 24688 County Road 10 in Coshocton.