Here's something to smile about.

By Kelly Vaughan
September 08, 2020
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Mitch Boeck / EyeEm via Getty Image
Mitch Boeck / EyeEm via Getty Images

There's no denying that 2020 has certainly challenged us mentally and emotionally. And there's never been a greater need for a bright spot amidst such chaos. In order to bring some positivity those in need, Scott Thompson—a farmer in Kenosha County, Wisconsin—planted more than two million sunflowers in his fields. Thompson Strawberry Farm has been operating for more than 70 years but not as a flower field—instead, it previously served as a pick-your-own berry farm and pumpkin patch. "One of the things that's so cool about this is everyone is so happy," Thompson told CNN.

Thompson ended up planting more than 22 of acres of flowers, seven of which haven't fully bloomed yet. The flowers are planted in more than 15 fields to provide room to social distance and spread out. "As the season went on, the pandemic never went anywhere and we thought people might be looking for something to do, and what a great way to social distance and smile, basically," said Thompson. In addition to sunflowers and zinnias, Thompson also planted a field of wildflowers and Mexican sunflowers that are known for attracting butterflies. Through the end of September, visitors can stop by the farm and pick their own sunflowers.

The fee is $25 per car for one dozen sunflowers or zinnias, another type of flower that Thompson planted. It is $1 for each extra flower, or $10 for an extra dozen. Visitors are also welcome to work with a professional photographer to take pictures in the sunflower fields, as long as they tag the farm in social media posts.

Through word of mouth and the power of social media, people from all over the state and including as far as Chicago have visited the farm and left a little bit happier and calmer than when they arrived.

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