Traffic Jam Forces Sheriff to Close Access to Sunflower Farm

September 7, 2016 01:44 AM

In eastern Kansas sunflower farm was so popular on Labor Day that law enforcement closed access to it after cars were backed up several miles to get a glimpse of the state's botanical symbol.

The Kansas City Star reports the Grinter farm in Leavenworth County has drawn huge weekend crowds as the 40 acres of sunflowers reaches its peak, which is in late August and early September.

But with a combination of nice weather and the holiday, so many cars lined up along U.S. 40/24 between Lawrence and Tonganoxie that the county sheriff closed off access in mid-afternoon.

A message left on the farm's Facebook page apologized for those who drove a long way to see the sunflowers before being turned away. It encouraged visitors to return this week.

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