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Fourth annual Sunflower Challenge in Washington County

Washington Co., WI – It’s that time of year when sunflowers are in full glory and there were a lot of submissions as neighbors across Washington County showed off their sunflowers.

Casey Belger and Zoey from Boltonville submitted the photo of their sunflower.

Cast iron


By Alex Dich


Kara Fechter of West Bend
Michael Owen of Newburg has Sunflowers! Some towering a whopping 12FT 10.5 Inches!
Sunflower by Michael Owen


Valerie Brown O’Loughlin from Dundee managed to capture her son, proud with his wee sunflower and plastic duck in hand.
Lynn Bores-Dorn of Kewaskum has sunflowers over 12-feet tall
Debbie Kaercher Moser
Debbie Kaercher Moser of Newburg


Joe Kaehny of Kewaskum captures a shy sunflower


Terry Delcore measured over 13 feet.


Wendy Hofmann-Galecki of West Bend grew a mysterious giant sunflower that she never even planted. Yea!
Di M Man


Susie Weasler of West Bend
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.

Danielle Rhoads’ sunflowers are below. These can be seen on the west end of Riverside Park in West Bend near the lion head fountain.

Danielle Rhoads' sunflowers. These can be seen on the west end of Riverside park near the lion head.


Below is a photo submitted by Shannon Meyer Smith and her son’s sunflower which was over 10 feet tall.


Sunflower over 10-feet tall

In 2017 Josh Marx submitted the photo below.

I’m 6’7″ last year’s sunflowers. Hoping for 18 foot flowers this year.

Sunflower courtesy Josh Marx
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 traveller’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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