Ralph Butler got what he came for, a huge vase of sunflowers. Photo by Jesse Walker

Ralph Butler got what he came for, a huge vase of sunflowers. Photo by Jesse Walker

By Dianne Lively Yost

Staff Writer

More than 6,000 people gathered for music, zip lines, crafts, food and sunflowers this past weekend to celebrate the 12th annual Sunflower Farm Festival, one of Morgan County’s most successful festivals. “We had an awesome festival,” said organizer Wes Holt. “With the cooler weather it was much more enjoyable for all and people attending were sticking around longer than usual.”

While the rainy weekend may have kept some people indoors, the attendance was way up over last year when festival goers endured record temperatures of up to 107 degrees.

New to the festival this year was a zip line featuring a 35-foot tower, duel lines and a 300-foot span. While the rainy weather caused the zip line to be moved from the sunflower field to the pasture, Holt said it was a big hit. “ People loved the zipping experience including my mother, 76-year-old Rena Holt who went down it on Sunday. She broke the age record for this zip line,” Holt said. Previously, the oldest zipper was only 75!

“I would like to give a big shout out to everybody who came out and enjoyed the day with us, and thanks especially goes out to our sponsors, exhibitors, entertainers, staff, volunteers and family who all kicked it into high gear to make this the best Sunflower Farm Festival ever,” he said.

For more photos of this year’s Sunflower Farm Festival, click here.