Coshocton Sunflower Festival blossoms with pleasure
- The Coshocton Sunflower Festival takes place August 13-15 at KOA Campground on County Road 10.
- Early and late flowering days will also be observed, along with a dog day and wine and beer tasting.
- The main festival features live music, craft vendors, food trucks, photo opportunities, and the option to bring home a sunflower.
- Fifty types of sunflowers are planted on 40 acres, yielding up to 80,000 sunflowers.
COSHOCTON – The fourth annual Coshocton Sunflower Festival will have expanded dates and activities while continuing the practices of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event at Coshocton KOA Campground on County Road 10, was one of the few that happened in 2020 despite the pandemic. Campground co-owner Ryan McPeek said it was because guests were outside and could be away from each other. He said they typically attract several thousand people from across the state.
Last year they limited the number of people in the field at one time and people had to plan ahead online. This will continue this year, as McPeek said it will help people have a good experience in a less crowded environment.
“We did our best to make sure it weren’t too crowded and people had room to spread out. Some of these things have worked well and we continue to do them. the world on arrival time means a great experience for everyone, ”said McPeek. “Our main goal is to do things to make it more efficient and more enjoyable for people, to not have to wait and to have a lot of space to relax.”
The main festival on the second weekend of August will feature wagon rides, live music, food trucks, craft vendors, beer garden, photo opportunities and the chance to bring a sunflower back to the House. There are 50 different types planted on four hectares with the possibility of up to 80,000 sunflowers.
As the flowers bloom at different times and a plant can have multiple heads, so-called early flowering and late flowering days are offered on the weekend before and after the main festival weekend. This includes an opening wine and beer tasting and a day where participants can bring their dogs.
“Low-key weekends give people a chance to have a slightly quieter experience, but it’s always great. All the photo props are there and there are still some beautiful flowers,” McPeek said.
Any flowers left after August 22 will be picked by the Coshocton Rotary Club and returned to those closed. McPeek said they were also working with other organizations, such as sports promoters and the Coshocton County United Way, to provide festival volunteers with donations made to the group. Volunteers also get a free pass for another day. The beer garden benefits the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, which provides volunteers to run it.
“The festival attracts people from all over and we are a small team. We are hiring additional people for the sunflower season, but it takes more to make this festival and any festival happen,” McPeek said. “To make it a compelling thing and a partnership for the community, for every shift someone works, we donate to the organization of their choice. So that helps us get people to help run the job. festival and makes it attractive for people to do, because it’s giving back to the community.
KOA campsite is also known for its corn maze in the fall. McPeek said the maze will only be open two weekends this year, but they are adding a variety of activities and attractions to make it feel like a big event like the Sunflower Festival.
The main sunflower festival is from noon to 8:30 p.m. on August 13, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on August 14, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on August 15. Early flowering days are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on August 8-10. August 9 and 10. Late bloom days are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on August 18 and 19, 3 to 8:30 p.m. on August 20, and noon to 8:30 p.m. on August 21.
The special Sippin ‘on Sunshine event with wine and beer tasting is from noon to 8 p.m. August 7. Dog Day where participants can bring their dogs is from noon to 7 p.m. on August 22.
For more information and to obtain tickets, visit coshoctonsunflowerfestival.com.