Blooms unfold at southern Illinois farm's sunflower maze

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PARIS, Ill. (AP) - A seemingly endless field of sunflowers is in bloom in east central Illinois, a golden spectacle that's drawing families from all corners of the Wabash Valley and beyond. L&A Family Farms just south of Paris, Illinois, is welcoming folks back this year to its annual sunflower maze as the first blooms unfolded. The fields this year feature 10 total acres across two adjacent five-acre plots. The farm staggered the planting of the two plots to maximize its total bloom time. The first plot was in full bloom on July 27 and the second followed a week or later, said Everett Lau, marketing manager for the farm. Ellen Roberts, who visited with her daughter Ava and mother Vicki Cole, said they've missed the bloom in years past but were...

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Blooms unfold at southern Illinois farm's sunflower maze

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