Sunflowers are often symbols of light, faith, and joy. They spread happiness and optimism — something we all can use a bit more of these days.


Montpelier Farms knows just how powerful a sunflower experience can be. At its August Sunflower Festival, visitors can explore their four acres of sunflower fields, taking photos and cutting their own bouquets.


During three Saturdays and three Sundays in August, the farm invites visitors to experience the unbelievable sight of yellow blooms as far as the eye can see. Head to the farm on August 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, or 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to join in on the gorgeous experience.


Follow these seven tips for the best day among the blooms:


  1. Book your tickets ahead of time to ensure you get to enjoy the flowers at a time that works for you — and to grab a discount. Each ticket for this popular festival allows for a two-hour experience.


  1. Wear comfortable shoes, since you’ll have to tackle a short walk to the fields of gorgeous blooms. You won’t need to walk the whole day, though, because there are golf carts to help you along the way.


  1. Dress for the photos — and don’t forget your camera. There are “prop stops” along the route meant for photo opportunities, so make sure your outfit is one you want to share on your social media accounts.


  1. Find a staff member to help you keep the blooms you cut hydrated throughout your visit. They’ll place your stems in a plastic bag filled with water and zip-tie it for you.


  1. Give your dog sitter the day off and bring Fido along for the trip. Dogs are welcome at the festival if they’re leashed and friendly.


  1. Come hungry. There are baked goods, slushies, funnel cakes, fresh-squeezed lemonade, cold-brew coffee, wine, cotton candy, barbeque, and more available on-site and at the farmers market.


  1. Plan for extra activities at the farm, from pedal kart rides to giant hill slides to barnyard basketball. Be sure to check out the animals at the farm as well.


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