Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday … 2009 Sunflower Festival


This week I’m sharing a visit to the Holt Family Farm Sunflower Festival.. 


The Sunflower Festival is held in Rutledge Georgia. Which is about 40 miles east of Atlanta.. and only minutes from my home. This is an annual event and is always on the 4th of July weekend.


It has become a very popular festival in Georgia.


Located on a 15-acre glorious sunflower farm, the festival features fields of sunflowers that you can cut.. prices start at $5.00 a bundle. There are huge shade covered Vendor Tents, live music, an antique tractor parade, a kids' play area, and delicious summer time food.


The Ronay Guide .. which is a guide to all southern festivals.. calls the Sunflower Festival "The most beautiful festival setting ever!” I can see why!


Acres & Acres of beauty..


Sunflowers in all sizes…


Look at this amazing sunflower stalk.. I never knew they had so many sprout off of one stem.


Busy lil Bees doing their jobs…


The sunflowers aren’t the only beauty here.. Love this rusty tin roof shack.


The most beautiful Zinnias you’ve ever seen.. in all colors.


Butterflies… everywhere.. amazing beauty.


I’ll be planting some of these Zinnia beauties next year.. The butterflies loved them.


I hope you enjoyed our trip to the Sunflower Festival… If you’re in the area next year, it’s a festival well worth attending.  Make sure you bring your camera.. and a wagon to haul all the sunflowers you’ll be picking to take home! 5328_1158305768190_1544149267_30719551_6451281_n

For more information about the Sunflower Festival.. Click Here to visit their website. And to see more Outdoor Wednesday Treats.. visit Susan and all the others participating today at A Southern Daydreamer.



Happy Wednesday Y’all ! Hugs, Debbie


  1. That looks like a fun day. Your pictures are great. I love the ones with the butterflies. We tried to plant sun flowers, but did not get enough rain for them to grow.

  2. Hi Debbie, this is the kind of thing hubby and I love to do - outdoor fleas, and craft fairs, but to be in the midst of beautiful sunflowers and butterflies is something we would never forget! You were so lucky to have gone.

  3. I have to keep this in mind for next year. I love your photos. Thanks for sharing this with me.

  4. Your pictures are absolutely ready for framing! I love the sunflowers. I have had them in my garden but certainly not like the ones at the festival. What a wonderful place to be on a summer day. Thank you so much for sharing.


  5. That looks like fun! The flowers are just beautiful!

  6. Sunflowers are a favorite of mine. Your photos are beautiful. I really like the close ups of the butterflies.

  7. ooooh, I want to go there. Looks incredible!

  8. Who can resist sunflowers, let alone fields of them? Beautiful!

  9. I love sunflower photos, and have some on my etsy site at www.jselep.etsy.com

  10. That looks like it was lots of fun!
    You are a great photographer.

  11. Debbie, these sunflowers are just beautiful, and I loved all of your outdoor shots. That one with the butterfly on the zinnia is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing and Happy Outdoor Wednesday...


    Sheila :-)

  12. What a happy event, I love sunflowers! Love MG's song 'Our Town' too. Great pictures, thanks for sharing, have a super day!

  13. Oops! that would be 'My town' not Our town. . .my bad!

  14. Oh my goodness at the sunflowers !
    That last picture is to die for, and the close up's of the butterfly are beautiful
    Simply Beautiful!

  15. What a happy and fun post! Your photos are incredible!
    Have a great week.
    ~Really Rainey~

  16. Ohhh Im so green with jealousy!! I would love to go to a sunflower festival! They are amongst one of my most fav flower. Great shots.

    I posted some Zinnas today too... :) maybe great minds think alike huh?

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥

  17. Wow! You got some great pictures!
    It looks like a beautiful event!
    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane

  18. What gorgeous photos--looks like a beautiful place! I live near Atlanta and will have to check this out! Come on over and enter my GIVEAWAY!

  19. I think I'll be visiting my cousins in Covington next July! What a fun looking festival, I love sunflowers, but then who doesn't?

    Are you going to the Atlanta Art Festival in September? If you are, look for my cousin-in-law Richard Jacobus of Frog Island Metal Works. I know there are a number of churches in the surrounding Atlanta area that have his work. I believe you would enjoy his work.

  20. Wow, what a great place to visit!! Beautiful photos.
    We had a fairly large vegetable garden, at the farm. Some years we planted a variety of sunflowers and zinnia's, at one end of the garden. Those zinnia's you plant next year will not only draw the butterflies, but you will have beautiful cutting flowers for your home!

    Great post!

  21. What a great festival! I'll have to plan on this one next year. Your pictures are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  22. We experienced the joy of seeing fields of sunflowers when we traveled to Italy. Oh my! Field after field of these glorious blooms! Thank you for reminding me of a wonderful time.

  23. Oh Debbie
    I love the sunflower pics they are so pretty. I planted zinna's this year starting from seed, they are just starting to bloom and I love them I will do it again next year. I also wanted to comment on your porch, that is one thing I love and I do not have. I think they are so homey. Enjoy and I will end on that mouth watering mushroom swiss burger oh YUMMY.
    Have a blessed day.

  24. What a happy place that must be every July, Debbie! Sunflowers look like big happy faces to me. I love zinnias too but, sadly, they don't like it here very much.


  25. Debbie, your pictures are truly amazing. Those sunflowers just make me smile....they are so lovely!!

    Thanks for sharing this! Happy Outdoor Wednesday.


  26. What a great idea for a festival. Love your pics.


  27. What a beautiful flower post. All your photos are great. I can see why this would be a great event to attend.

  28. Debbie!

    Hi there... my name is Donna. I am new to your blog! Your pics are stunning! I know it was a sunflower festival.. but those butterflies really stood out! Thanks for sharing!

    Donna Marie

  29. Hi! just beautiful! I love sunflowers!!
    In argentinian field, The sunflowers grow up so big too!

    I hope you in the Patagonia Argentina in my blog!


  30. Hi Debbie,
    Wow, what a great place and the sunflowers are amazing. Your pictures are beautiful.
    Thank for sharing them.
    Take care and enjoy your day,

  31. What a wonderful day you must have had, Debbie. The sunflowers and your photos of them are really wonderful. I especially enjoyed those where you were able to capture the butterfly on the flower head.

  32. Beautiful photos! Sunfowers are so amazing and the zinnias are gorgeous too, aren't they! Loved your post today! Hugs ~cindy s~

  33. What a beautiful event and what a fun day it must have been. Sunflowers just say "sunshine" to me and I love them for their beauty but also for all the birds they attract - they are inspiration in how they always keep their face to the sun.

    The zinnia & butterfly shots are gorgeous!

  34. Wow! I am in awe of your photographic skills. Lovely post of sunflowers and zinnas and bumble bees.
    Joyce M

  35. A field full of sunflowers has to be one of the most happy sights in the world! Your photos are just beautiful!

    Happy OW!

  36. You did such a great job of capturing the beauty of the flowers.
    Mama Bear

  37. The sunflowers are beautiful! I love your amazing photography, too.


  38. love the giant sunflower I love to sell at festivals and buy as well bet there were lots of bargains to be found

  39. What a fun festival! And beautiful! You did a great job getting pics of all the pretty blossoms. Thanks for sharing. ~~Rhonda :)

  40. Awesome! Thanks for sharing.
    Great shots and post.

    Happy outdoor.

  41. I love sunflowers. Great pictures.

  42. What a fun festival! Your photos are gorgeous, too.


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