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Dawson County fall destinations to open in September for 2020 season
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The sunflowers at Fausett Farms attract pollinators such as bees. The sunflower fields will be open throughout September and October. - photo by Jessica Taylor

With fall quickly approaching, Dawson County seasonal attractions will open soon, offering fun ways to spend a cool fall day. Two of these places are Fausett Farms Sunflowers and Burt’s Pumpkin Patch, must-try fall stops in Dawsonville that are within just a few minutes of one another. 

Here’s what you need to know about these local favorites and when they open. 

Fausett Farms

If you’re looking for a picturesque place to spend time with your family or friends, look no further than Fausett Farms Sunflowers. This 30-acre field in Dawson County holds around 900,000 beautiful sunflowers, making it the perfect backdrop for photos. 

According to sunflower farm owner Brett Fausett, every year the farm attracts hundreds of visitors, photographers with their clients, and groups of people from all over. 

“It’s a great place to get outside and have a good time,” Fausett said. “We have a huge area so kids run and play soccer; a mother even called me the other day and has a 1-year-old and wants to have a birthday party here.” 

This year, the sunflower farm will be opening slightly later than in previous years due to a lot of rain during planting season, according to Fausett. 

“I’ve had a horrible time planting this year because of all the rain and I’ve had to plant and replant,” Fausett said. “But I have flowers coming up now and we’re planning on opening mid-September.” 

Fausett said that he plants three different stages of sunflowers so that it lasts longer and when the first stage of flowers begins to die off the second comes in to replace them. 

In addition to being able to wander the farm itself, visitors can also purchase cut sunflowers for one dollar each. There will also be barbecue for sale on-site as well as a variety of honey products made locally by one of Fausett’s friends. 

Admission to the sunflower farm is only $5 per adult, while children five and under are free. Pets are welcome to the farm as long as they are on a leash, and professional photographers bringing paying customers are asked to pay a fee of $35 per session. 

Fausett Farms Sunflowers will be open from mid-September through most of October every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.fausettfarmssunflowers.com/. 


Burt’s Pumpkin Farm

Just a short drive from Dawsonville is another local fall destination: Burt’s Pumpkin Farm. 

Burt’s Farm has been operating throughout the year with different crops, from strawberries to peaches. But the farm is best known for its pumpkin patch, an annual attraction that draws visitors from all over to it. 

The pumpkin patch will be open on Sept. 1 and run through Nov. 10, according to the farm’s website. Admission to the pumpkin patch is free, and all shapes and sizes of pumpkins will be for sale. 

The farm also offers hayrides for $6 per person, children 2 and under are free. The hayrides are only held on weekends until Sept. 15, and then they will be running daily for the rest of the pumpkin patch season. 

Burt’s Pumpkin Farm will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sept. and Oct., and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in November, according to the website.

For more information on Burt’s Pumpkin Farm, visit https://www.shopburtsfarm.com/.