LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, Kan. -- A giant sunflower farm in Leavenworth County may create the perfect backdrop for selfies, but visitors are causing major traffic jams.
So many people visited Grinter Farms over the weekend that officers had to stop visitors from stopping at the field Monday. Traffic was backed up for miles as thousands tried to take part in the popular end-of-summer tradition.
Officers say there has been at least one car crash near Grinter Farms, which is located along Stillwell Road, because of the field's popularity.
The Grinter family says when the sunflower field began in 1947 for seed, they never imagined it would become this popular. But with every post, share and like on social media, the farm gained more and more awareness over the weekend.
"We started about three years ago, put it on Facebook and it exploded," Ted Grinter said.
Officials in Leavenworth County are hoping to find a better way to handle all the traffic of people heading out to the Grinter sunflower field.
Part of the problem is that the peak of the sunflower season is only a few weeks. The sheriff's office say they will work with the owner to create a festival-style parking structure so people can visit the farm easily.
Admission to the farm is free, but people who take a sunflower are asked to leave $1 in the honor boxes.
Social media users have shared photos of their visit:
— People of Cowtown (@PeopleofCowtown) September 6, 2016
We had a great #LaborDay
— Trooper Candice (@TroopCandiceKHP) September 6, 2016
We braved the crowds and still found solace in a sunflower field today. Thank you, Grinter Farms, for sharing! pic.twitter.com/ZHNAab5dYS
— Jana Calkins (@Jayhawk96) September 4, 2016
— Dave D'Marko (@DaveDMarko) September 6, 2016