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Seventh Annual Sunflower Challenge in Washington County

Washington Co., WI – It’s that time of year when sunflowers are in full glory. Time for Washington County to show off your sunflowers during the WashingtonCountyInsider.com 7th annual Sunflower Challenge. 

Jeanne Goeden submitted her over 8-foot-tall sunflower growing next to her house in Kewaskum. Jeanne is 5-feet tall and she used a yardstick to give perspective.


In case you missed them, these beautiful red sunflowers were submitted by Darlyn Dalton of Trenton.

Photo credit: Darlyn Dalton

Below are some submissions from 2020.

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Valerie Brown O’Loughlin from Dundee managed to capture her son, proud with his wee sunflower and plastic duck in hand.
Joe Kaehny of Kewaskum captures a shy sunflower
Wendy Hofmann-Galecki of West Bend grew a mysterious giant sunflower that she never even planted. Yea!
Denise Steffen, “Don’t have a tall one but I have a very, very cute one!”

In 2017 WashingtonCountyInsider.com issued a challenge to neighbors to show us your sunflower.

The Ward family put a little Wallenda into their photo …. and with junior up top he still wasn’t tall enough to reach the head of the sunflower.

Mr. climbed atop a pair of sawhorses and still wasn’t tall enough – looks like a 10 footer. Can anybody do better?


The famous Amy Ajack at 5’2 and her giant heirloom sunflowers.

Ah! Sunflower

William Blake1757 – 1827

Ah! sunflower, weary of time, Who countest the steps of the sun,

Seeking after that sweet golden clime Where the traveler’s journey is done;

Where the youth pined away with desire, And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,

Arise from their graves and aspire; Where my sunflower wishes to go.

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