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come to Mountainair New Mexico for  the

2008 Sunflower Festival

celebrating life, music, art, & poetry

Saturday August 23, 2008

to get in the mood, visit

Sunflower Festivals around the World

"Sunflower" is a popular festival theme. Googling "Sunflower Festival" turns up 22,100 entries (down from previous years). This site ranked #5 after the Ukrainian, Altoona (Mantioba), and Sunflower River Kentucky Bluegrass Sunflower Festivals but dropped off 'sunflower radar' during domain migration. However, the local arts council sunflower page ranks 7th.

As fond as Mountainair is of its own Sunflower Festival, we would not presume to "own" either the name or the theme. Indeed, ours is a relative newcomer to the field.  We celebrate its universality.

 Join us in a virtual world tour of Sunflower Festivals.

Sunflower Festival
JULY 2, 2005 from 9am to 6pm
1380 Durden Rd.
Rutledge, GA 30663

The Sunflower Festival originally organized by the West-Holt family has grown into a much anticipated community and regional event with over 3,000 in attendance last year.  Heritage crafters and artists set up to demonstrate their hand-made items.  Wonderful home-grown music is played, delicious, local, and traditional 4th of July food is served, and kids can participate in games and art projects or take a hay ride in a tractor-drawn wagon.  Everyone will want to register for great door prizes and "cut their own" sunflower bouquet to take home with them.  The 1910 Sharecropper House is the center of the festival with tours of the house and it's heritage gardens.  With artisans and crafters under the canopy of the oak trees, and the 12 acres of glorious sunflowers, it seemed that the backdrop for our unique festival had already been painted.

Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival
Clarksdale, Mississippi.
17 years, music, scrapbook, photos

Sunflower Festival e-cards

Sunflower Festival
Prescott, Arizona
botanical education

Rosenhuben, Switzerland
5 years, music

Sunflower Festival
Manitoba, Canada
40 + years, agricultural; Altona is the sunflower capital of Canada
Ukrainian Sunflower Festival
Warren, Michigan, Detroit area, since late 80s, ethnic, poster

This is among the most popular and largest ethnic summer festivals in Michigan, attracting 25,000 people annually. The festival features traditional Ukrainian food, ethnic dancing in traditional costumes, plus exhibitions and demonstrations of Ukrainian folk crafts, especially embroidery and ceramics.

Van Gogh Sunflower Festival - Mt Hood OR

Sunflower Festival
a picture set on Flickr

Merry Lea Sunflower Festival
Goshen, NY

A sunflower festival minus the sunflowers - deer ate them all!
North Dakota Sunflower Fesitval
Enderlin, Sept. 20-22.
Celebrate the harvest of the sunflower crop with a sunflower seed spitting contest, sunflower recipe contest, parade, live music, craft fair, quilt show, and fine arts show.
Rutledge Georgia Sunflower Festival

The Sunflower Music Festival
Lawrence, KS

Serbia Sunflower Festival
European singing competition

Mayville Sunflower Festival
Art Barn's Sunflower Festival
Jackson, Indiana
Lop Buri. Thailand
Sunflower Festival,
Slideshow of festval images

During November to January, large number of Thai and foreign visitors will travel 30 kms along Lopburi-Saraburi Road and Highway No.21 to see the yellow-golden fields of sunflowers. There is also a Sunflower Festival, a special event many Thais celebrate, but that is relatively unheard among foreign tourists.
Sunflower Music Festival
Topeka, Kansas

Sunflower Festival

world's largest easel dedicated in August 2001, during Goodland’s Sunflower Festival. Kansas is the "Sunflower State," and Goodland is at the center of the local sunflower industry.
California Sunflower Festival

St Clair Sunflower Festival

International Sunflower Festival
Frankfort, Ohio
Akeno Sunflower Festival
Akeno Village Japan
250 thousand sunflowers.
Hokuto-shi, Akeno Sunflower Festival is open. Please come and watch sunflowers that appeared in the movie “Ima, Aini Yukimasu." Through August 31 (Wed), depending  on location

Statham Sunflower Festival 5K

Ligao Sunflower Festival

Sunflower Festival and Walk for Hospice, Mission, BC.
4 km walk with proceeds benefiting the Mission Hospice Society.  Festival features great musicians , kid's activities, food, middle-Eastern Dancing workshop, Silent Auction and more. 
Sunflower Festival
Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore,

This competition involves the growing of sunflowers, Helianthus annus by the participants for judging as cut flowers.

Hearne Sunflower Festival
events include downtown street dances, entertainment, arts and crafts, and other activities.
Morgan County Sunflower Festival
(part of 4th of July celebrations)

Showcasing an antique tractor parade at 10 a.m., the Sunflower Festival is a favorite. Centered around the Holt family's seven acre sunflower farm, festival highlights include the restored 1910 sharecropper's house, a garden, art and craft vendors and plenty of homemade goodies, including peach ice cream.
Sunflower Festival
Southampton, New York

To benefit A.C.E., (Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless) - a summer clambake with a swing band, a special Chinese auction and an after dinner dj and disco.

Check back for ongoing updates and corrections to the roster of Sunflower Festivals


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