2021
Sunflower
Festival

Sunflowers will be in peak bloom late July through early August and we are SO excited to welcome folks out for some fresh air for our 3rd Annual “Sunflower Festival at Alvis Farms"! We are hosting this event to share the beauty of the sunflowers with the community, to educate the community about our agricultural roots, as well as to diversify our family farm’s revenue and sustainability for future farming. We are thankful for the community's support and are so excited to offer this opportunity for families to enjoy our sunflowers! A portion of the proceeds will be donated back to various Goochland community groups just as we did last year!

With an increase in alternative food choices, a depressed milk price, and high input costs, family farms across the nation are going out of business at a record rate. We are proud to have been a working dairy farm in Goochland since 1965, and have been farming the land for even longer. Community outreach, and education, is something we strive to do as often as possible. We’re excited to be hosting this Sunflower Festival, which will help us continue to farm and be an active part of keeping Goochland rural.

Come ready to partake in the beauty and uplifting spirit of 50 acres of sunflowers! This year we have extended our hours! There will be no shortage of views! Enjoy a sunflower maze, kids activities, eating/drinking some yummy grub, visit vendors for great gifts and and don't forget to purchase some sunflowers to take home from either the Pick Your Own Patch or enjoy pre-cut stems as you leave! 
 
This is an outside festival on a farm. Please dress appropriately. Closed toe shoes are strongly encouraged.
*No outside food or drinks (2 unopened water bottles are allowed). While dogs are allowed (on leashes), please use your best judgement due to the excessive heat.*

Festival Dates ANNOUNCED!!!

We will be OPEN to the PUBLIC for 11 days!
// July 29 - August 8 //
 

***!!! Due to the forecasted thunderstorms we will be at 1pm on Sunday, August 1 !!!***

Weekends (Sat & Sun)
All Day: (9am - 8pm)

 

Weekdays (Mon - Fri)
Mornings:
(8am - 10am) Evenings: (5pm - 8pm)

 

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TICKETS
$8/person 

5 & under free

(paid admission includes 1 stem

from pick your own patch)

Tickets available at event as well. Cash or card.

Things To Know

  • Pick Your Own (Sunflower) Patch 

    • *Bring your own ​scissors or pruning sheers*

  • Pre-cut flowers are also available

  • This is an outside festival on a farm. Please dress appropriately. Closed toe shoes are strongly encouraged.

  • *No outside food or drinks (2 unopened water bottles are allowed).

  • While dogs are allowed (on leashes), please use your best judgement due to the excessive heat.*

Directions

Although our field does not have an address you can try this link to Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/QVg8QP8SfxutZgpu9

OR 

try using this address: 1080 Seay Road, Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103 

The festival will take place 0.5mile east of Shallow Well Road on Seay Road in Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103 (10 minutes west of Short Pump off of Broad Street Road (Rt. 250)).

From EAST - Richmond/Short Pump:

Going west on I-64 take exit 173 Rockville/Manakin. Turn left off the exit onto Ashland Road (Rt 623) and continue for 1.2 miles. Turn right at the stop light onto Broad Street Road (US 250 W) and continue for 4.8 miles. Turn right onto Shallow Well Road (Rt 654) for 0.8 miles. Turn right onto Seay Road (Rt 626) and the festival will be on your left.

From WEST - Charlottesville: 

Going east on I-64 take exit 167 Oilville. Turn left off the exit onto Oilville Road (Rt 617) and continue straight for 1.4 miles. Turn right onto Shallow Well Road (Rt 654) for 0.7 miles. Turn left onto Seay Road (Rt 626) and the festival will be on your left.

Seeking Sponsors

Are you looking for an opportunity to support the community and get in front of happy faces? We are looking for local business to sponsor our event. We greatly appreciate your support if you are interested in sponsoring, just reach out! 

Interested in being a Vendor?

Ready to get in front of your customers while enjoying the beautiful backdrop of a sunflower field? Please fill out the vendor application at the link below and we will get back with you to confirm your acceptance. 

 

We look forward to welcoming art/craft/retail, entertainment, non-profits, food trucks/food vendors, and other local businesses!

Photographers Welcome

Sunflowers make an amazing natural prop or backdrop! We love supporting local businesses and truly enjoy seeing all of the fabulous memories shared on social media! *Please don't forget to tag us on social media :)* 

 

We are offering a variety of options for photographers this year! Check out the application below for more details.

Interested in holding mini-sessions during the festival? Fill out our application at the link below.

Professional photography fees (described in the application) apply if you are taking photos for the purpose of: 

  • Selling your images commercially and/or as a business

  • Taking session photos for hire (portraits, lifestyle, fashion, etc.)

Farm Festival Policy

Sunflowers are extremely popular photography backdrops and props. We are excited to offer our family farm's sunflower fields as a location for making memories, a place to gather with customers, and for photographers to utilize this summer! We love having friends and family out to visit, and we always enjoy seeing our farm featured in your beautiful photos! We are a working farm and we ask that you respect this private property. If you plan to visit our sunflower fields we ask that you follow our guidelines below. 

 

Festival attendees, vendors, and photographers are permitted under the following guidelines:

  1. The Sunflower Festival at Alvis Farms runs from Thursday, July 29 through Sunday, August 8. Weekday hours are from 8am to 10am and 5pm to 8pm. Weekend hours are from 9am to 8pm. No one is allowed on property after event hours without a confirmed scheduled private appointment (see below). When we are not open to the public, you may only enter with special permission.

  2. ATTENTION - Under Virginia law, there is no liability for an injury to or death of a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism location if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of the agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, among others, risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals, as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity.

  3. All farm policies must be followed. You must remain in designated open areas, and pay for any flowers you pick which should only be done in the Pick Your Own Patch. Picking is not encouraged anywhere else on the property. Please do not climb trees, flatten flowers, litter, or act in any unsafe manner. Please be respectful and aware of other people and our flowers. We are a family farm, appropriate attire must be worn at all times. We allow a camera only. No lighting, ladders, props, etc. Stay on the paths. No picture is worth damaging the field for others. Stay off all farm equipment including and not limited to tractors, etc. Do not enter neighboring fields. Do not open any gates. Do not climb on fences. Park in designated parking areas only. All attendees must be fully and appropriately clothed (i.e., no nudity, swimsuits, lingerie, etc.) No alcoholic beverages may be brought onto the premises. No smoking will be permitted on the premises. Photography sessions may not disrupt visitor access, employee access, or special events. We expect all visitors to be respectful of our farm, our animals and our fields at all times. Anyone not abiding by any portion of this policy will be asked to leave the farm immediately. Our policies are subject to change without notice. 

  4. We welcome canvas artists or landscape artists to use the fields. We request that you follow the guidelines above.

  5. Professional and novice photographers where ever possible, we ask that you provide us with quality photos that we could use for marketing purposes, with permissions as we would like to also support your business and highlight your work as well.

  6. If you are taking photography/videography for advertising or mass media purposes, please contact us in advance; we are happy to work with you if we are able. A different fee schedule may apply.

  7. No drone/aerial photography is permitted at any time without permission from management.

  8. If you are on our property without permission during non-event hours, you are trespassing. We do prosecute. This is a working family farm and our crops are our livelihood. Alvis Farms reserves the right to refuse admittance for photography or videography and/or change its photo policy without advanced notice. Some areas of the farm may not be available the day of your shoot due to Alvis Farms programming, events or unforeseen circumstances.

  9. All attendees agree to hold harmless Alvis Farms and their agents, staff and family from any injury while on the property.

 

Please respect our private property, help us keep the insurance lady happy, and enjoy your photos and memories by following our guidelines!