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Sunflower Festival set to bloom in Abbotsford

Event, opening on Aug. 16, includes photo opps and U-pick field

Maan Farms in Abbotsford is holding the area’s first Sunflower Festival, starting this week.

The decision to hold the event came from the growth in popularity from sunflower festivals in Chilliwack and Richmond, according to Amir Mann, the operations manager of the farm.

“Nobody thought a sunflower festival was possible 10 years ago, but it’s something that is completely the norm.”

Visitors will be able to take pictures at different spots that are specially decorated, they can snip their own sunflowers at the U-pick field, visit with the farm animals and shop at the family store.

“I think it’s eye opening for a lot of people who don’t get to spend time on a farm,” Mann said. “You get to see the goats, the pigs, the roosters. My mom makes all the food in there.”

The property where the sunflowers are growing are on the site of a reclaimed mine, which means poor drainage for agriculture. Mann said using this land for the festival was perfect because sunflowers are “like a weed.”

“They are so good at adapting to the heat and the environment,” Mann said. “You don’t even need even need to water them.”

The three species of sunflowers growing only took 75 days to bloom from germination and have leaves a foot wide.

The festival opens Friday, Aug. 16 and is scheduled to run until Sept. 1.

Admission prices are $14.95 (plus service fee) on weekends and $11.95 on weekdays.

Opening weekend, Aug. 16-18, is sold out.

Maan Farms is located at 790 McKenzie Rd. Visit maanfarms.com to purchase tickets.

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