First annual Mommies and Poppies festival attracts over 500 visitors

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer

Sunflower Farm in Rutledge held its first ever Mommies and Poppies festival over Mother’s Day weekend to celebrate motherhood with two days of food, music, an art exhibit, gardening advice, and of course, poppies. Part of the proceeds will go benefit the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) through the Buddy Poppy Program. The total proceeds have not been calculated yet. Owner Wes Holt was pleased with how the event turned out. “It was a wonderful event,” said Holt. “We had great food and lots of flowers. We had mothers of all age and their families come out and every one had a great time.” The event also featured a “Motherboard,” on which attendees could pin up pictures of mothers who have passed away as a memorial. According to Holt, over 500 people attended the event.

Twenty local artists performed at the event. The event featured gardening tips from Rena Holt, Andy Ainslie, chairman of the Morgan County Board of Commissioners, and Nancy Wall, a master gardener. MaCayla Cook, 15, a Morgan County native and gifted vocalist and pianist, performed at the festival. April Allen, from Mansfield, Georgia, delivered a musical performance as well. “She is one of our favorite long time performers,” said Holt.

Ronnie Pitman, Steve Shiver, and Skipperdees, a band of twin sisters, Emily and Catherine Backus, also performed music at the event. “The performances were great,” said Holt. Holt plans on making the event an annual festival, and moving their annual Sunflower Festival, which is usually held in early July, to the fall. “This will give us the opportunity to have ongoing poppies in May, plant sunflowers later in June and have our festival a little bit later. Then we don’t have to deal with the heat and thunder and lightening which gets pretty intense earlier in the summer,” explained Holt. The Holts will be taking some time off, traveling over the summer, until the Sunflower Festival in fall. Sunflower Farm is located at1430 Durden Road iu Rutledge. To find out more information, call: 404-433-5646.

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