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New Park, PA – (Aug 2019) Sunflowers are the “Happiest Crop on Earth” at Maple Lawn Farms, host of the 3rdAnnual Sunflower Festival. Due to the week of record temperatures, “Early Bloomers” are adding an extra weekend Aug 3-4 to this year’s festival.

There will be zillions sunflowers for the regularly scheduled event dates, Aug 9-11 and 16-18, 2019, the “Early Bloomers” are a bonus for visitors. The farmers planted over 187,000 sunflower seeds for 2019’s event, and many varieties produce more than one bloom per seed.

This sunflower field is no ordinary ‘patch.’ This year’s field, the size of 10 football fields combined, features special plantings throughout, the “Big Field of Yellow”, the “Red Sea”, “The Wilds” and “Land of the Giants.” Each area highlights the wide variety of sunflowers. No longer limited to a single yellow blossom, guests walk among fiery orange starbursts, dark crimson reds, lemon yellows, and Teddy-Bear-puff-ball-shaped flowers.

“Sunflowers are a real, living crop, so when they are ready, we have to adjust to their schedule and open for guests,” says Hugh McPherson, now the head sunflower farmer at Maple Lawn Farms. “Visiting the field just brings joy to your heart and a smile to your face.”

“It’s just so fun to watch guests discover new, different varieties, shapes, and colors,” says Jenny Clendenen, Maple Lawn Farms Event Manager. “It’s not just for kids, but everyone feels like a kid.”

Maple Lawn Farms offers pick-your-own cherries, blueberries, peaches, apples, and pumpkins, so offering pick-your-own sunflowers fits right in. Each guest gets to hand-select their favorite sunflower bloom to pick, clip and take home. Additional sunflowers by the half dozen or dozen are available as well, each cut fresh from the field.

Guests park at the Maize Quest Fun Park, and after check in at the Big Red Barn, take a wagon ride to the sunflower patch. Inside the sunflower field, a huge white tent awaits visitors providing shade, food service, LIVE music, and Maple Lawn Farm Market’s Bakery treats. The on-site Maple Lawn Winery offers wine tastings and wine by the glass for guests 21 years or older.

“It is an Instagrammer’s dream,” says Michelle Posey, Maple Lawn Winery’s sales manager. “The shapes, sizes, and colors are incredible. Nothing like this field of flowers exists anywhere to get your pictures!”

The original 2017 Festival completely sold out and some days of the expanded 2018 festival did as well. Attendees are required to pre-purchase tickets by day and timed entry to ensure everyone gets plenty of time to enjoy the sunflowers.

To reserve tickets for the Sunflower Festival at Maple Lawn Farms go to Click in the Facebook Fan Box and become a “Fan” for updates and special events. Fruit picking and farm market information is available at

Media Contact: Hugh McPherson