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Forsyth County sunflower farm opens early for 2020 season
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The Anderson's Sunflower Farm has attracted visitors from around the state to its acres of flowers every July. - photo by Brian Paglia

The chance for the perfect summertime photo op in Forsyth County came a little early this year.

The Anderson’s Sunflower Farm officially opened for the 2020 season on Wednesday, July 8, with new safety measures in place following state and federal guidelines to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to an announcement on its Facebook page.

The 10-acre farm, at 3360 Shiloh Road, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. seven days a days a week until the flowers wilt, which usually happens in 7-10 days.

Admission consists of a $20 parking fee per car, and patrons can roam among the towering flowers to take pictures, whether of their own or with a professional photographer (though that costs $40 and requires a few extra steps).

Of course, visitors can also take flowers home with them. It’s $1 a stem, and the flowers are available to purchase pre-cut, or staff will provide sanitized shears for visitors to cut their own.

The popular destination has been attracting Georgians from across the state since the ‘90s, but it’s never had to ask groups to keep apart six feet like it is this year.