Johnson County Sunflower contest approaching

Think you might have grown the biggest sunflower in the county?

The Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Sunflower Growing Contest is almost here, and horticulturists are offering last-minute tips.

When the plant’s leaves turn brown and the flower heads droop, the plant has reached its full maturity. You can either pull up the plant and store it until the contest or leave it in the ground, although birds or the elements could damage it outdoors. It’s OK if the plant and head are dry at the time of judging.

To enter, bring sunflowers to the Extension booth at the Overland Park Fall Festival in Santa Fe Commons Park, 8045 Santa Fe Drive in Overland Park, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sept. 24. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m.

Cash prizes totaling $550 will be awarded for first, second and third place for both the tallest plant and the largest seed-head. For complete contest rules, visit


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