August 31, 2017
Sunflowers are starting to pop at Grinter Farms. The field should soon be in prime condition for photos, though the Grinter family warns that recent rains have caused parking areas to still be soggy.
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Though there were many activities happening during the Sunflower Stroll, one might have caught the eye most Labor Day Weekend. Artists could be seen around town painting various buildings and scenes.
Grab your cameras and pick out just the right outfit. Sunflower season has arrived in the area. Hunsinger Farms Sunflower Patch will open Friday, according to owner George Hunsinger. Like many sunflower fields in the area, Labor Day Weekend has become prime bloom time. This year, visitors can hit sunflower fields different weekends.
The sea of sunflowers at Grinter Farms has been a mainstay Labor Day Weekend in recent years. Right now, it’s a much different sight. Until Thursday, rain hasn’t been finding the farm just off U.S. Highway 24-40 between Tonganoxie and Lawrence. Finally, there was rain.
Agribusiness accolades: Grinter Farms featured in Country LIving; Next to Nature Farms in 435 Magazine
Two Tonganoxie farms are gaining more notoriety near and far. Grinter Farms, known globally for their sunflower fields, have been named the No. 2 best sunflower field in the country. Country Living magazine, in a July 2 story, named the farm to its list. Next to Nature Farms, meanwhile recently was featured in 435 Magazine, which is a Kansas City publication.
Tonganoxie youths will get the chance to tout their green thumbs with the Sunflower Growing Contest. The community will have its second annual Sunflower Stroll on Labor Day Weekend to coincide with the blooming sunflower fields at Grinter Farms.
Exactly five weeks after Christmas and a month after New Year's Day, folks in the Sunflower State celebrate Kansas' admittance to the Union as the 34th state.
A stretch of U.S. Highway 24-40 has the potential for jubilation and anxiety all wrapped into a couple weekends. The popular Grinter Farms sunflower fields look to be on schedule for prime viewing Labor Day Weekend and into the following weekend. With the August weather looking to be mild this year, it’s shaping up to be another massive tourism time at Grinter Farms. Crowds have grown each year, with last year’s crowds thought to be pushing some 150,000 for the entire viewing period. That meant traffic troubles on U.S. 24-40, some fender benders and even message boards on Interstate 70 announcing the fields were closed to visitors for a time.