BROADALBIN — Perry’s Sunflower will host its first Sunflower Festival Saturday.
Perry’s Sunflower Maze officially opened this summer, according to co-owner Wendy Perry. She explained they have a five-acre field planted with about 100,000 sunflowers and a maze through it. The sunflower maze offers those who walk through it photo areas and spaces to play board games, kids play areas and places to sit amongst the sunflowers.
“This weekend we wrap up our season with our Sunflower Festival,” Perry said. “It’s a full day broken into two parts from noon to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m., and we’ll have food trucks and kids activities and have the maze open, of course.”
The festival will allow visitors to enjoy the sunflower maze along with music, games, vendors, food trucks, photo areas, face painting, crafts and more. The later portion of the day will also have a corn hole tournament, a DJ and drinks from Great Sacandaga Brewing Company.
“That’s how we’re going to wrap up our season this Saturday,” Perry said. “It will go from noon to 9p.m. We’re hoping to get a couple hundred or more people Saturday. We’re not really sure because we’ve never done it before, but we’ve had hundreds of people already come to the maze and check it out. We’re hoping the buzz has kind of gotten out in our community, and if we have 500 people that would be awesome.
Sunflower season is usually about four weeks, Perry said. She explained that this year it is a shorter three weeks because of drought.
High Tower Farm has been a dairy farm all of Perry’s life, she said. She explained that, about five years ago, the farm became one of the only robotic dairy farms in the area.
“Like anything, the industry has to diversify,” she said. “And there’s a lot more agribusinesses starting, whereas farms realizing that it’s very hard to farms. Where we’re located it’s in such a beautiful spot. I think it’s one of those things [that] you look around and start wondering what else you can do, share what you have with the community.”
Perry explained she has family in Connecticut who have a corn maze and a sunflower maze.
“They had been saying to us, you should get into this,” Perry said. “Last year they did help us, learning how to go through the process, plant sunflowers and do the maze and we kind of took it from there. We decided this is a nice offshoot to the farm that we already have.”
The sunflower maze is an actual maze, she said. She explained that they cut different paths through the field of sunflowers so people can find their way through. She said they have not lost anyone in the maze yet.
“We have all these areas built within the maze that people can walk around and find and enjoy,” Perry said. “We were open on Saturdays and Sundays in August for people to come in and they can buy a ticket and go in the maze, we also have photographers come in and use the maze for photoshoots during the week.”
Perry encouraged everyone to support their local agribusinesses. She explained a lot of farms are opening up farm stands, orchards, mazes and other agribusinesses.
“It’s really important that our community goes out and finds these different things and learns about not only these different fun things but where does your food come from, and the importance of farming in general in our community.”