Children help with sunflower festival project

| May 28, 2019

COSHOCTON – Giant sunflowers created fun little houses for children to play in at last year’s Coshocton Sunflower Festival. On May 26, children were invited to come help plants seeds to add to this area of the festival scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 16-18 at the Coshocton KOA.

“We had some of these hide and seek houses last year, but we decided to do even more of a kids’ area in the sunflower field,” said Ryan McPeek who runs the campground with his wife Camille. “They can have fun playing in them and know that they helped plant them. Most of the sunflowers are planted by machine, but these had to be planted by hand. We did it now because it takes them 70 to 80 days to bloom.”

The seven sunflower houses will be shaped like circles and include around 1,200 seeds. Three varieties were planted and they will grow 12 feet high.

The four children who participated in the activity got two of the houses planted and were able to name them. Five-year-olds Haylen Cramer and Easton Atwood of Newark named their house Flash. Six-year-old Sophia Sellers of Fresno and 4-year-old Beckham Sippel of Marysville chose to call theirs Unicorn Campsite Gateto.

The Coshocton Sunflower Festival features more than three acres and 20 varieties of sunflowers from two to 12 feet tall.

Tickets will be released on June 18. For more information, visit the Coshocton Sunflower Festival Facebook page.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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