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2022 FESTIVAL DATES

Saturday July 30 thru Sunday August 7

The dates of the Festival coincide with the bloom dates of the sunflowers.  The field will only be available for viewing during the dates above.

Dog Policy: There are NO DOGS or other pets allowed on the farm.  Per the Americans with Disabilities Act, emotional support animals are not service animals and are not allowed on the farm.  You are welcome to contact TAKE FIVE DOGCARE down the street from the farm to see if they are available to take your dog while you visit the flowers.  Daycare is open Monday thru Friday.  Day Boarding is available 7 days a week.

Don't forget to check out our Sunflower Variety Garden Open Starting August 9th!
More Info HERE
 

HOURS

Regular Field Hours: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
*last admission at 6:00 PM
**fields close at 6:30 PM

7/30/22 - 8/7/22

Sunrise Field Hours: 5:30-7:30 AM
Sunday 7/31 ONLY
Early Check-in starts at 5:30AM and ends at 7:30AM
Check-in reopens at 10:00

WEEKEND
ADMISSION

$12 per person ages 13 & older
$10 per person ages 5-12
$10 per person Seniors (65+) & Military
4 yrs & under are always free

includes: access to sunflower fields, craft fair, tented shade area, picnic area, farm animals, & live music
*Admission can also be purchased upon arrival to the festival in the Farm Stand
 

Weekday Admission

$8 per person ages 13 & older
$6 per person ages 5-12
$6 per person Seniors (65+) & Military
4 yrs & under are always free

includes: access to sunflower fields, tented shade area, picnic area, and farm animals
*Admission can also be purchased upon arrival to the festival in the Farm Stand

SUNRISE
IN THE SUNFLOWERS

$15 per person ages 5 & older - Sunday July 31st ONLY

Check-in starts at 5:30 AM

Early Check-in closes at 7:30 AM and will reopen at 10:00 AM with regular business hours.

*Ticket gives admission for the  entire day

*Limited number of tickets available so as to not overwhelm the field.

*These tickets only be available online and sales will end once we reach our cap.

Online tickets are no longer available.  Tickets will be available to purchase in our farm stand when you arrive.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

When purchasing tickets, please make separate purchases for Sunrise Admission tickets and General Admission tickets.  We are finding it difficult to transfer tickets when these two ticket types are purchased together.

Also, if you are purchasing tickets for multiple dates, you will need to check out for one date before purchasing for the next.  We apologize for the inconvenience and have notified customer service of the changes we hope to see in their system.

Sunrise In The Sunflowers

Sunday July 31st , 2022

One day each sunflower season we open the fields at 5:30AM for Golden Hour!  The early morning sun provides soft lighting for beautiful professional photos.  The tickets for this morning are limited to prevent crowding in the field as many use it as a time for family, maternity or senior photos.  We will have a couple of tasteful props set up in the field for those interested in family or staged photos.  We will also have two viewing platforms on the eastern side of the field for a larger perspective!

So, if you are a seasoned professional or if you just want to test out what all those buttons really do on your new camera, plan a trip to Lee, NH.  If you are interested in bringing clients for professional photos please see the details on the Photography page and our photography policy.

IMPORTANT INFO
Admission is required for any persons wishing to go to the sunflower fields.  This includes photographers, photographers assistants, other persons ages 5 and older.
This event is open to anyone that wishes to attend.  You do not have to be a professional photographer.
Sunrise admittance closes at 7:30 am but will reopen when General Admission admittance starts at 10 am.  Sunrise ticket gives admission for entire day.  Re-entry allowed.

 

Places To Overnight

River Crest Villas

Blue Bell Greenhouses (airbnb)

Three Chimneys Inn, Durham NH

Holiday Inn, Durham NH

The Exeter Inn

Other Inns & Hotels located in Exeter, Dover, & Portsmouth NH

*Note: We do not provide a professional photographer for this morning.  If you are interested in having professional photos taken you will need to hire your own photographer and they will need to make a reservation with us.  The admission listed is the general admission cost per person for those wishing to view the flowers or take their own photos.  If you will be hiring a professional photographer, please visit our Professional Photo Shoot and Photography Policy pages, as there will be extra fees and registration involved.  For questions please call our office at 603-659-3572.

 
 

Handicap Accessibility

This event takes place in our farm fields.  The roads to get to those fields are packed dirt, gravel or grass.  There is an extensive amount of walking required to visit the sunflower fields.  Wheelchairs, scooters, etc are welcome in the field, but we cannot guarantee accessibility to the whole field.  There will be no transportation offered to visitors by farm staff to the field.

If your mobility is limited, we encourage you to visit the farm on Tuesday August 9th, 2022 for our Limited Mobility Day.   Due to heavy pedestrian traffic at this event, we cannot allow vehicles to drive to the tent or fields on any other day. 

*In the past we have offered golf cart rides to those with mobility issues.  That cart will not be available this year.  Please plan accordingly.

Limited Mobility Day

Due to logistics, we have moved this event to Tuesday August 9, 2022 during our variety garden open dates.

See Variety Garden page for more info
 

Artisan Craft Fair

Saturday July 30th & Sunday July 31st
Saturday August 6th & Sunday August 7th
 
10 am - 6 pm

The perfect place to shop for that creative, handmade gift!  Local craftsmen will be on the farm selling their handcrafted products and artisan treats.  Our past fairs have boasted amazing talent, and this year is no different.  Visit our Sunflower Festival Craft Fair event page on Facebook for more photos of what you can expect to find and to connect with the vendors!

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2022 Craft Vendors

35 vendors will be in attendance each weekend.  Please visit our Facebook Event for a list of vendors attending each weekend and info on what they sell!

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Live, Local Musicians

Let talented, local bands charm you as you stroll through thousands of sunflower blossoms!  Bands play on weekends during hours scheduled only, so don't miss out!

Saturday July 30

10 am Chris George

12 pm New England Harp Orchestra

2 pm Artty Francouer

4 pm North River

Sunday July 31

10 am Long Journey

12 pm Borscht

2 pm Chris Reagan

4 pm Katie Dobbins

Saturday August 6

10 am Fiddlers Two

12 pm Old Hat

2 pm Grim Brothers

4 pm Cedar Mountain

Sunday August 7

10 am NH Fiddle Ensemble

12 pm The Fretbenders

2 pm Decatur Creek

4 pm Jackie Therrien

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Interested in playing at the Sunflower Festival? Email us at info@coppalhousefarm.com

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Cedar Mountain

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Local Food Vendors

We have wonderful local food vendors lined up for our 2022 festival!

Food is not included in your ticket, it may be purchased separately, or you may pack a picnic lunch.

2022 Food Schedule

Saturday July 30

Flag Hill
El Camino
Mac Daddy Seafood & Tots
Coppa Magica
Memories Ice Cream
Kate's Bakery
Sunday July 31

Flag Hill
El Camino
Kiss The Cook
Coppa Magica
Memories Ice Cream
Kate's Bakery
Monday August 1 & Tuesday August 2

Eclectic Clam
Memories Ice Cream
Thursday August 4

Flag Hill
Coppa Magica
Wednesday August 3

Flag Hill
Memories Ice Cream
Friday August 5

Flag Hill
Coppa Magica
More details in vendor highlights below!
Saturday August 6

Flag Hill
El Camino
Eclectic Clam
Coppa Magica
Kona Ice
Coffee Craving
Sunday August 7

Flag Hill
El Camino
Kiss the Cook
Coppa Magica
Kona Ice
Coffee Craving

Vendor Highlights

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Flag Hill Distillery & Winery

Saturday July 30 & Sunday July 31
Wednesday August 3 thru Sunday August 7


Not only are their wines and spirits world class, but so is their catering!  Enjoy creative, deliciously prepared items that the whole family will love.

Wine Garden opens at 12 pm

El Camino

Saturday July 30 & Sunday July 31
Saturday August 6 & Sunday August 7

 
We specialize in naturally delicious authentic Puerto Rican food using only the finest ingredients and family recipes from generations of native Puerto Rican chefs

www.cafeelcamino.com
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Coppa Magica

Saturday July 30 & Sunday July 31
Thursday August 4 thru Sunday August 7

 
This artisan gelato is sure to delight!  We love that they support local farms when they can to source some of their ingredients!  Check out their website for more info...better yet, join us for the sunflower festival and try it for yourself!

www.coppamagica.com
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Kate's Bakery

Saturday July 30 & Sunday July 31
 
Our philosophy is that all great baked goods begin with the highest quality ingredients. We are committed to incorporating organic and local ingredients into all of our recipes whenever possible. We are also committed to providing the highest quality of customer service.

www.katesbakeryandcafe.com

Mac Daddy Seafood & Tots

Saturday July 30
 
Our experience in seafood is hard to match. My family owns a seafood restaurant in Oxford, Maine (The Lost Gull Fish N' Chips). My parents have been working in the seafood industry for over 20 years. Our family's experience in the seafood industry means the seafood prepared for every dish is the freshest, best tasting seafood available.

www.macdaddysmaine.com
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Memories Ice Cream

Saturday July 30 thru Wednesday August 3
 
We constantly strive to provide the finest and freshest ingredients for our ice cream; whenever possible we locally source our ingredients.  To compliment our ice cream and dessert specialty, we now offer a variety of coffee  drinks to make Memories the ultimate destination.

www.memoriesicecream.com

Kiss The Cook

Sunday July 31 & Sunday August 7
 
I pride my business on using local, fresh and wholesome ingredients that are locally grown and made in New England.  My Mac and Cheese brings all the flavor, pleasure, and smiles without the artificial or harmful ingredients.  You can trust that the meal you are enjoying is made from the very best sources!

www.kissthecookllc.com
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The Eclectic Clam

Monday August 1 & Tuesday August 2
Saturday August 6

 
We’re Greg and Jeff Farrenkopf, a father and son team with a recipe and a dream to make the best baked stuffed clams you’ve ever had using fresh New England clams.  

www.eclecticclam.com

Coffee Craving

Saturday August 6 & Sunday August 7
 
Delicious, fresh coffee!! A variety of gourmet flavors infused into the beans at the end of roasting. Fresh squeezed lemonade, GF & Vegan items and non-coffee drinks available as well!

www.facebook.com/coffee-craving
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Kona Ice

Saturday August 6 & Sunday August 7
 
The most FUNomenal experience on 4 wheels! We provide tropical shaved ice with a self serve flavor wave. It is nut, gluten & dairy free. Sugar free Also available. Classic and krafted flavors!

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Mini Events

There are many activities to do while you are here to admire the sunflower fields during our festival from 7/31/2021 - 8/8/2021.  Some events happen on the weekends and some happen on the weekdays.  Be sure to check the dates of each event carefully.

Dog Policy: There are NO DOGS or other pets allowed on the farm.  You are welcome to contact TAKE 5 Doggie Daycare down the street from the farm to see if they are available to take your dog while you visit the flowers.  They are only open Monday thru Friday.

 

Children's Story Time & Craft

Saturday July 30 & Sunday July 31
Saturday August 6 & Sunday August 7
11 am - 3 pm

Hosted by Community Roots www.communityrootsnh.org

Lisa, an elementary school teacher, owns and runs Community Roots, an organization dedicated to reconnecting children to their community, their food, and the environment.  She runs a summer camp here at Coppal House Farm for five weeks during the summer, and is leading our fairy house building during the sunflower festival and corn maze.  Join Lisa as she engages children through story time at the farm! 

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Draft Horse Photo Day

Wednesday August 3rd
10 am - 12 pm


Everyone loves to take selfies with our beautiful Belgian draft horses, so today we would like to give you the opportunity to get a little closer!  Twiggy, Ice, Wyatt, and Charlie will be groomed and ready for visitors.  Stand next to your favorite horse and get a picture to commemorate your visit to Coppal House Farm.  Each horse will be available during the following times, so if you have a favorite, please check the schedule.

Ice 10:00 - 10:30 pm
Twiggy 10:30 - 11:00 pm
Wyatt 11:00 - 11:30 pm
Charlie 11:30 - 12:00 pm

*You will need to provide your own camera and person to take your picture for.
*Draft Horse Photos not available without paid admission
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Touch a Tractor

Wednesday August 3rd
10 am -2 pm

Do you or your kids love large farm implements and want to see them up close?  We have tractors lined up for fun farm photo-ops! 

*Tractor area not accessible without paid admission

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Fairytale Day

Thursday August 4th - CANCELED due to extreme forecasted temperature
Online tickets purchased for this day will still be honored on Wednesday August 3rd or Friday August 5th


Join us for a magical day in the sunflower field!  Meet our magical unicorn and fairy queen as they appear and disappear throughout the day, build fairy houses, and wander the sunflower field to find our fairy guests.

Fairy House Building starts at 2:30 pm (CANCELLED)
Materials provided, but you are welcome to bring some of your own
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Old Truck Day

Friday August 5th
3 - 5 pm
Come check out some neat old trucks and chat with the people that restored them!
Truck space is limited.  If you would like to bring your truck to our event, please email info@coppalhousefarm.com for a space.  Two free admissions to sunflowers with truck entry.
Voting for customer favorite!

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Souvenier Photos with Perfect Photos

Saturday July 30 thru Sunday August 7

 

Brought to you by Jeff & Sandy Criss of Perfect Photos

 

Offering the following packages:

-Single Social Media Download

-Single High Resolution Download with Print Release

-15 Minute Mini Sessions with 5 Photos

-Sunset Sessions (by appointment only)

Prices starting at $20.00

Contact Jeff & Sandy at jeffcriss@gmail.com to reserve a time or just come on by and see us in the sunflower field!

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Craft & Music Vendors

Coppal House Farm's sunflower festival draws over 10,000 people every year to the farm.  No matter your age or interest, there is something here for everyone.  We accept applications every year for our craft fair and Live music.  Coppal House Farm gives Music vendors from the previous year first opportunity to secure space, therefore any room for new vendors is very limited if available at all.  If you have any questions, please email us.  Important Note:  Sending this information does not automatically reserve the space.  You will be notified of space allotment if there are openings.

Click Here for an application for our Craft Fair

Musicians email info@coppalhousefarm.com with contact info and sample music

Volunteers

Volunteers support the Festival in a number of ways.  Your volunteerism allows us to increase our donation to Make A Wish NH.  Groups and individuals will enjoy a fun-filled weekend of helping others by assisting with Checking Wristbands, Children's Activities, Picking Sunflower Stems and Visitor Information.

Consider volunteering at our festival for community service hours.

Volunteers receive a festival t-shirt and one admission to the festival as a thank-you!

 

To volunteer (must be 16 or older), please complete an application here or contact Meghan or Hannah at (603) 659-3572 or info@coppalhousefarm.com

 

Tips For Visiting

We want you to enjoy every part of your experience when you visit the Sunflower Festival.  Here a few things to keep in mind when you plan your visit.

  • The end of July/beginning of August is a hot time of year for New Hampshire.  We have experienced 90 degree weather in the past.  We have also experienced pop up thunderstorms and rain showers.  We encourage you to bring an umbrella if the forecast is calling for a chance of rain. If thunderstorms roll through, the fields will be evacuated until the threat has passed.  Please respect our judgement during field evacuations.  We never want to have to evacuate our fields, but we do so in the interest of your safety.  The rain tends to pass quickly and you can go back to enjoying the field once the threat has passed...rainbows often appear!

  • Most of this event is held out in our open fields in the full sun.  Plan to bring hats, sunscreen, sunglasses and LOTS of WATER.  Our bottle refill stations will not be available this year.  If you do forget your water, there are bottles available for purchase from the farm store.

  • As stated before, this event is held on a farm in our fields.  Be sure to wear the appropriate comfortable footwear.  Heels are not advised.

  • There is a large tent near the fields with tables & chairs.  There will be local Food Vendors to purchase meals from - more options on the weekends than weekdays.  Live Music is available to enjoy under the tent on weekends only.  You are more than welcome to bring your own food to enjoy during your visit.  We ask that you leave any alcoholic beverages at home.

  • Remember...we have farm fresh meat for sale from animals raised here on the farm, so don't forget to bring a cooler to bring home some goodies!

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History

Our Sunflower Festival is a special event put on every summer to celebrate our beautiful sunflower fields.  Our sunflowers are harvested every fall to press the seeds into culinary oil, however, they are a sight to behold while they are blooming.  Oilseed sunflowers are not like ornamental sunflower varieties that bloom for 3 weeks or more.  Oilseed sunflowers bloom and begin to turn their heads to start drying their seed after only about 12 days.  This means that we have a limited window to enjoy them in.  This window is when we hold our Sunflower Festival; when they are the most beautiful.  It is also why there is a firm end date to our festival.

From the joy these fields of sunflowers bring, came the desire to give back to our community.  We partnered with Make-A-Wish NH in 2016 because they are an organization we feel strongly about.  Our farm is a family destination, and Make-A-Wish NH works with children and families.  The pairing couldn't be more perfect.  We have enjoyed working with them and look forward to many more.  We donate 10% of admissions from the Sunflower Festival.  In 2017, we were thrilled to find out that we were able to fulfill the whole cost of a wish for a very deserving little girl.  In 2018, we doubled our donation fulfilling two wishes!  Over the last six years, we have been able to donate over $85,000.

In 2022, we felt drawn to providing more assistance to our immediate community.  We will still be donating 10% of admissions, but it will be split between a few local seacoast organizations.  This year's organizations are:

McGregor Memorial Ambulance

HAVEN

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry

Lee Church Community Assistance

Vouchers for Veterans

We still hold our annual Make-A-Wish Raffle during the festival (info below), proceeds from which will solely benefit Make-A-Wish NH.

We know none of this would be possible without all of you that come to enjoy the sunflowers with us.  Thank you for your generosity to our farm and the community.  We look forward to seeing you all!

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Make A Wish Raffle

Every year for the duration of our festival we hold a raffle to benefit Make-A-Wish NH.  We have had many beautiful items donated from generous local businesses.

Here's how it works:

Raffle tickets can be purchased for $10 each in our farm stand

Items will be on display in our farm stand for you to see

You will choose one card from a deck of playing cards

(This means there is a 1 in 52 chance you will win that item...and that's only if all the cards get purchased)

You write your name on one half of the card, rip it in half and place the half with your name on it into the jar that corresponds with the item you are hoping to win.

It's that easy!

List of Items Coming Soon!

Local impressionist artist Ron Quinn will be on site on Saturday July 31st painting live in our sunflower field.  His painting will then be raffled for Make-A-Wish NH.  This will be Ron's 4th year painting live at our sunflower festival and his paintings are always stunning!

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2022 Sponsors

Innovative Farmer

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Haunted Overload
www.hauntedoverload.com

Commercial Grower

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Emi's Porta Pottys
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Backyard Farmer

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Blue Dolphin Screenprinting & Embroidery
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Take Five Dogcare LLC
www.takefivedogcare.com

Friend of the Farm

Rolling Green Nursery
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Special Events of New England
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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Does it cost anything to go to the sunflower field?

Yes, weekend admission is $12 per person ages 13 and older and $10 for persons ages 5-12.  Weekday admission is $8 per person ages 13 and older and $6 per person ages 5-12.  4 yrs & Under is free.  Seniors (65+) and Military are children's price.  We donate 10% of the total profits to Make-A-Wish NH at the end of the festival.

Can I bring my well behaved dog to the sunflower field?

 

No, pets are not allowed on the property.

Can I bring my emotional support animal to the farm?

Service animals are defined as working animals trained to perform tasks for the benefit of individuals with physical or mental disabilities- such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, alerting and projecting people prone to seizures , or other tasks directly related to a disability and are welcome at Coppal House Farm.

Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Coppal House Farm requires guests to leave pets at home to provide a safer and more positive experience for all attendees, including those pets.

Are your farm and the sunflower fields handicap accessible?

Yes, for the most part it is.  Our paths in the sunflower field are certainly wide enough to allow wheelchairs through, but you would need assistance in pushing it.  Plan accordingly, please remember that this is an outside event with uneven terrain that requires a significant amount of walking.  Please visit our Festival Info page where our accessibility is discussed in more detail or call ahead prior to your visit to discuss your needs.

Do I have to buy tickets ahead of time for the festival?​

No!  You can visit our Festival Info page to purchase tickets online, or you can purchase admission when you arrive at the farm for your visit.  Online tickets available starting June 15th.

How do I know if the farm has reached capacity?

While we have never had this happen, but we have been very busy...We will post on our website home page as well as on Facebook if we have to close the farm for any reason and when it has reopened.

If I can't make it to the festival during the scheduled dates, can I come see the sunflowers another time?

Yes you can!  While we plan the festival dates for the best blooming period of our large oil seed sunflower field, we have a sprawling display garden filled with many sunflower varieties that is scheduled to bloom into the middle of August!  For more information see our Sunflower Variety Garden page.

Can I bring a professional photographer to have my senior photos, engagement photos, or family photos taken in the sunflower field?

Yes, of course!  We would love for you to use our farm for your photos.  Please see our Photography page for details.

What is the best time of day to photograph the sunflowers?

All day!  Have fun with it!  The lighting changes the flowers throughout the day, so try taking photos at different times.  You won't be disappointed.

Can I take photos of the sunflowers before 10 am?

Yes, the morning of Sunday July 31st we will be open for check-in between 5:30 - 7:30 am for sunrise photos.  Tickets must be purchased ahead by visiting our Festival Info page.  Professional photographers with clients must make a reservation.  See Photography page for more info on reservations.  You are welcome to remain in the field as long as you'd like, but you must check in by 7:30 am.  Our fields open for general admission from 10 am until 6 pm.

What happens if I have a sunrise ticket but don't check in by 7:30 am?

Your ticket will still be honored during regular business hours (10 am - 6 pm) the same day as the sunrise event.  No refunds will be given for the difference in ticket price.

Can I leave and come back later?

Yes!  Re-entry is allowed between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm.  If you have a ticket for our Sunrise Session, you may arrive between 5:30 and 7:30 am, leave, and then return same day during general admission hours from 10 am - 6 pm.  The farm stand and check-in will close between 7:30 am and 10 am on Sunday July 31st.  Your sunrise ticket will still be honored if you don't arrive by 7:30 am, but you will not be able to check in until 10 am.