Sunflower festival set for the weekend
If you’re looking for an outdoor activity this weekend, the solution might be in Lehighton.
Yenser’s Tree Farm will host its Sunflower Festival on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“The festival is new this year but it’s our third year of growing sunflowers,” said Nolan Wentz. “It’s a little over an acre of sunflowers. There will be two food trucks here, fresh produce, a couple of craft vendors and of course our gift shop will be open.”
Admission and parking is free, said Wentz, a fourth-generation Christmas tree farmer and junior at Bloomsburg University.
“We’ve got sunflowers off the road and we typically do $1 stems with a help yourself honor system. But they’ve been gaining popularity and we thought there was a market for it. The response has been crazy.”
There will be an activity for everyone this weekend. Wentz said there will be hayrides, a farm fun zone and corn crib and even an air cannon.
“We’re able to spread out, we have plenty of area. We’re making sure we follow all of the regulations and we don’t want to make people mad on either side. We’re requiring masks on the hayride. Everywhere that we can’t have people 6 feet apart and spread out, you’ll have to wear a mask. We’re sanitizing all of the frequently touched areas.”
Yenser’s has plenty of events and attractions coming up during the fall. As usual, the farm will have pumpkins. But the growing season has been a bit of a challenge.
“Pumpkins, we’ll start planting last weekend in May or first weekend in June. … They like it wet early right up until August, and then pumpkins like it dry, or they could get mold. If we get too much rain late, they’ll rot. And if you don’t get the rain early, they won’t grow. They’re a little bit temperamental. The sunflowers aren’t as picky. They did really well through the drought.
For more information, visit yenserstreefarm.com.