PLUMSTEADVILLE, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — “Obviously we could use a lot of peace and joy and love in this world,” said Paul Hellerick. “And people just feel good when they’re around sunflowers. It gives them a feeling of love and peace.”
Hellerick and his brother are seventh generation co-owners of a family farm. Hellerick Family Farm dates back to 1785 and is forever protected as farmland.
But one of the most popular traditions, a sunflower picking festival, only started a few years ago. This year’s event runs from August 4th to September 5th, with some sunflowers left for fall activities.
With the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, this year’s festival has a twist.
“We recognize that the national flower of Ukraine is the sunflower and we want to do something special to try to help in this situation,” Hellerick said. “So we’re donating $2 for every ticket someone buys to come to the Sunflower Festival and 10% of the sale of the sunflowers to the Ukrainian Federation of America.”
The Ukrainian Federation of America (UFA) is based in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania and focuses on humanitarian efforts involving refugees and citizens abroad. Its President, Zenia Chernyk, was born in Ukraine and emigrated with her family when she was two years old.
“We’ve worked so hard to provide medicine and equipment so they can care for their wounded, who are being hospitalized by the thousands,” she said. “It’s non-stop work, so we work every day, so I’m sure the owner of this place doesn’t realize how important this is to us. It really is like that.”
Families can enjoy the Sunflower Festival along with an aerial adventure, obstacle course and farm animal encounters. To learn more about Hellerick’s Family Farm or the Ukrainian Federation of America, visit their websites.
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