Doug Joyer, one of the owners of Waldoch Farms, planned the local garden and farm’s first Sunflower Festival, the first weekend of which took place July 27 and 28. The idea came from other farms across the nation doing similar festivals, and since Waldoch was looking for something to plant in the pumpkin patches during off years, Joyer decided sunflowers would be the perfect fit, as they bloom in the summer during a time that isn’t typically busy and also would help the bee population. The sunflower fields are open for guests to walk through and take pictures, and guests can pick their own sunflower for free with the purchase of a ticket. A hayride and activity center, including live music and games, are also at the festival. The Sunflower Festival continues next weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Hannah Davis is the Area Editor at the Forest Lake Times. You can contact her at hannah.davis@ecm-inc.com or (763)233-0709

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