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Danville’s Beasley’s Orchard to host inaugural Sunflower Festival

By Lindsay Doty

Beasley’s Orchard in Danville will host its first Sunflower Festival this month. The new event is a chance for families and photographers to explore the four acres of sunflowers while also picking their own stems in an Instagram-worthy backdrop.

Admission is $5 per person to explore, get photos and take home a stem.

The family-owned orchard in Danville also has a farmers market and seasonal activities.

The team saw an added opportunity when they noticed how picturesque the sunflowers looked.

“This is the third year we have had the sunflowers and we realized looking at it that people might enjoy this,” Jim Finely, agritourism manager, said.

The orchard considered a sunflower event last year but the weather didn’t cooperate. The team is excited to add the event to its list of activities at Beasley’s Orchard. Families looking for socially-distant outdoor outings have been drawn to the agritainment world since the pandemic.

Sunflower Festival will run the last two weekends in August.

The orchard will be open until 8:30 p.m Friday-Sunday during Sunflower Festival for sunset photos. It will be exclusively open for photographers during weekday evenings with reservations.

What: Sunflower Festival

Where: Beasley’s Orchard , 2304 E. Main St., Danville

When: Aug. 21-23 & Aug. 28-30 Fridays & Saturdays: 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sundays: 12 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $5

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