Knoxville, Tenn. – Thousands of blooming sunflowers will take center stage in the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area this weekend during Knoxville’s fifth annual Sunflower Celebration.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency plants several fields of golden flowers once every two years and invites visitors to learn about land management and habitat restoration as they stroll through a sea of sunflowers.
Officials expect thousands of people to be drawn to the event, which will make parking difficult to find.
Attendees can take a free shuttle from the Tennessee School for the Deaf, 2723 Island Home Boulevard, to the celebration. Additionally, a limited number of parking spaces will be available at the Ijams Nature Center and the Ijams Quarries.
Disabled parking is designated in the FRWMA near McClure Lane. No other parking will be permitted in the FRWMA during the celebration, officials said.
In addition to the flowers, there will be group bike rides to the event. Cycology Bicycles will lead a ride from Sutree Park, located at 1001 Waterfront Drive Southeast, at 9:00 a.m. Printshop Beer Company will lead another group bike ride at 10:30 a.m. from their brewery, located at 1532 Island Home Avenue.
“Runners should arrive at 10:15 a.m. and be advised that although the ride to the Sunflowers is relatively easy, there will be hills in both directions.” officials said.
If you don’t have a bike to participate, Kickstand Community Bike Shop and Two Bikes will be offering loaner bikes to revelers who want to ride around the sunflowers along the Will Skelton Greenway.
The event takes place on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A press release indicates that guided tours of the sunflower fields are scheduled at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. from the shuttle. off spot in the center of the fields.
“Festival-goers are reminded to bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes,” a TWRA spokesperson said. “They are also reminded that time has determined how many and when sunflowers will bloom.”
The Knoxville Sunflower Celebration is presented by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, Legacy Parks Foundation, Visit Knoxville, City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation, and Ijams Nature Center.
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