This Saturday, July 29, kicks off the 8th Annual Sunflower Festival at Coppal House Farm in Lee, New Hampshire.

From this weekend through August 6, you can stop by to admire and take pictures of these majestic oilseed sunflowers. What makes these flowers different from regular sunflowers? Well, the festival's website says that the seeds are pressed into culinary oil, and the flowers themselves have a shorter lifespan (~12 days) compared to your average sunflower (~three weeks).

Sunflowers aren't the only thing that visitors to Coppal House Farm can experience during the festival. There's also an artisan craft fair, food vendors, live and local musicians, children's activities, souvenir photos, a raffle to benefit Make-A-Wish NH, and more. You can learn more about these and other events here. 

Sounds like a great way to spend a summer day, right? And it's all for a good cause, as a percent of this year's proceeds will be donated to Community Partners, Seacoast Family Promise, and CASA NH. Community Partners focuses on Strafford County behavior health and developmental services, Seacoast Family Promise supports homeless families by helping them achieve self-sufficiency, and CASA NH provides a voice for children and youth who have experienced abuse and/or neglect.

Click here for more information about the upcoming Sunflower Festival. Please note that daily field hours are from 10am-6:30pm.

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