Our annual Sunflower Festival will take place this year on September 26th and 27th. This Festival has become a tradition for many families and although it will look a little different this year, we are happy to let you know it is happening and has even grown.
Sunflowers! This season is what everyone has been calling about for the last month. We will be offering free sunflowers again this year. We have over 50 acres of sunflowers planted this year and the fields will be full and blooming during the Festival. These little flowers of sunshine make a beautiful backdrop for pictures and then wonderful bouquets for you to take home. You will need to bring your own clipper this year or you can purchase a pair in our retail store. We will also have vases for sale, or you can bring your own. We have a hose at the front of our store by the handicap ramp for you to get water and a snipping station will be set up for you to cut down your stems and get them ready for travel. For more information about sunflowers, please visit our blog at https://mbgourds.com/blog/article/sunflower-advice/.
We again will hold our Fall Oops Sale during the Festival. This is also the last Oops Sale of the year. The sale will run from 10:00am-6:00pm each day and will be held in three tents. Each tent will hold a different season, but we have lots of oops right now and will continue to restock throughout the weekend. For those of you new to our Oops Sale, it is where we collect all of the gourds we have crafted over the year that have a slight flaw, paint run, or extra glue showing which we then sell at a discount. We will be limiting how many people can be in each tent at a time and masks will be required while shopping.
One of the new additions this year is having additional craft vendors. There have been so many festivals and fairs that were cancelled this year, so we decided to ask a few juried artisans to come and exhibit during the Festival. We are so excited to have these talented crafters join us. Some of the crafts they will be selling include artisan soaps, succulents, charcoal portraits, jewelry, handmade soy candles, Alpaca hand dyed yarn, lip balms, upholstered purses, CBD oils and wood carved artwork. We are still accepting applications so this list will continue to grow until the Festival. Please come out to support these small family owned businesses. Not all our vendors accept credit card so please remember to bring some cash. Masks will be required while shopping in the tents.
One of the many questions we receive at Meadowbrooke is who comes up with all your designs. Most of our designs come from the team work of Ben Bear and Ashley Warehime (father/daughter designing duo). This year, they have decided to go on a designing frenzy and fill a 20x20 tent with one of a kind pieces, jumbo pieces and new designs for the Fall and Winter season. This is your chance to get an authentic gourd piece right from two of Meadowbrooke’s most gifted designers. There tent will be located beside the Oops tents across from the retail store. You do not want to miss this opportunity.
Warehime’s Pumpkin Patch will be opening for the season on September 19th and will be open Wednesday and Friday 4:00pm-7:00pm, Saturdays 10:00am-6:00pm and Sundays 10:00am-5:00pm. During our Festival, they will be open both Saturday and Sunday 10:00am -6:00pm for you to pick out all your pumpkins and ornamental gourds for the Fall season. They are located just down the street from the store on the left-hand side of the road. There is parking there, or you can walk down the road. The multi-colored sunflowers will also be near their pumpkin patch.
Need a break from all the shopping, cutting, smiling, walking, talking, and making memories – stop by and refuel at the food trucks. Piper Belle’s BBQ does not just offer mouthwatering BBQ, they also offer anything from crabby lobster fries to Burger specials, Loaded Fries, and any customized menu of your choice. Firebox Street Grill has something for everyone from chicken sandwiches and hamburgers to quesadillas and Hall’s Ice Cream will be back with their delicious ice cream, milkshakes, and sundaes. Jack and Joan’s Kettle Corn will be here making piping hot popcorn, apple cider and lemonade slushies and to round it all out, Sugarlands Bakery will be here with custom cupcakes, cookies, and pumpkin rolls. For those that need something a little stronger, Molly Pitcher Brewery and Hat Creek Winery will be here serving their wonderful beverages.
Live Music on the Farm
Another new addition this year is Live Music on the Farm. On Saturday night, September 26th from 5:00pm-8:00pm, our farm will be filled with the country and classic rock sounds of Bare Creek Junction and Hometown Strangers. This part of the Festival is a ticketed event and you must reserve a space to attend. Spaces sell from $50.00 to $75.00. Bring your friends and family out to the farm for some great food, craft beer, a gorgeous sunset and awesome music for a safe, socially distanced night of fun. Please click here for more information and to reserve a spot, https://mbgourds.com/event/sunflower-festival-live-music-bare-creek-junction-hometown-strangers/
There is so much packed in this weekend, you may need to come both days to fit it all in. The best place for you to get the most up to date and detailed information is on our website at https://mbgourds.com/event/sunflower-festival-2020/. We are so excited for this weekend to come and anxious to see everyone who can come out and share it with us.