The “Sunflower State” is Kansas. But Indiana is no shrinking violet when it comes to celebrating the giant, sun-loving flower that brings the radiance of the sun to our fields and gardens. Beginning this month and continuing until the sun starts to fade into fall, Hoosiers will be celebrating sunflowers at various festivals and events.
Here are several to set your sights on. Be sure to take your sunglasses and sunscreen!
Sunflower Meadow | Tuttle Orchards
5717 N. 300 W.
Explore Tuttle Orchards’ Sunflower Meadow — two acres planted with sunflowers for exploring, taking photos, and more.
Meadow visitors with a paid admission can cut their own sunflowers that are available in a separate area. A Tractor Town Kid’s Play Area will be open this year as well as a café with outdoor seating for lunch and Tuttle’s famous apple cider slushies.
Tuttle Orchards reminds folks sunflowers typically are in bloom for only about two weeks, so stay posted for when they are in season at the orchard.
Conner Prairie Sunflower Fields
13400 Allisonville Road
At Conner Prairie living history museum, sunflower lovers will discover over three acres to explore. Thousands of blooms of three varieties provide perfect photo opportunities. Regular admission is charged.
Sunflower U-Pick | Kankakee Valley Homestead
6737 Ind. 104
Visitors to the Homestead, a market solely for naturally grown gardens and producers, can celebrate summer by picking their own sunflowers from its garden. The vegetable stand will be available, too.
Stuckey Farm Sunflower Festival
19975 Hamilton Boone Road
Envision seven football fields covered with sunflowers to get an idea of what you’ll see at the annual Stuckey Farm Sunflower Festival. Over 176,000 sunflowers have been planted in a seven-acre field.
Visitors will see a dazzling array of over 20 different varieties of sunflowers. There is a forest of giant Skyscraper and Mammoth sunflowers that can grow to 15 feet tall, all the way down to Dwarf Teddy Bear sunflowers.
Lambrecht Farm’s Fall Sunflower Market
5262 Leatherwood Road
Over 75 sunflower pickers, makers, and farmer market vendors will gather. In addition, live music, a petting zoo, and food trucks will be on hand to entertain and serve visitors.
Johnson’s Farm Produce Sunflower Festival
8960 E. Ridge Road
Festival highlights include a Sunflower U-Pick, kids’ activities and a delicious variety of seasonal treats. Spend time in Johnson’s Farm’s beautiful sunflower patch and take photos. Johnson’s has also planted a field of zinnias to check out.
La Porte Sunflower Fair
Downtown La Porte, Indiana
The Sunflower Fair in downtown La Porte is one of the largest festivals in the northwestern part of the state. Over 100 craft and nonprofit vendors and groups offer artisan wares, food, entertainment, kids’ activities, and much more. Enjoy the many activities of the day: La Porte Farmers Market, kids’ fun zone, a rib cook-off, Artists Gallery Walk, and sunflower growing contest.
Before planning a visit to any of these places or events, Google the site for
up-to-date information about dates and times, admission fees, and availability.