Sunflower winners announced
This year's grand champion, who grew the largest overall plant, was Peter French, whose plant was 144-inches tall. The largest bloom was 15-inches across and grown by Joseph Lesniak.
In the children's division, top height awards went to Jamie Waldo, 108-inches; Stephen Cirella, 105-inches, and Casey Westall at 97-inches. Largest blooms in the kids division went to Ben Waldo/ Jessy Primiano, with a 12 1/4- inch flower; Casey Westall, 7 3/4- inch bloom and Payton and Tyler Washburn, who grew a 7 1/2-inch flower.
In the teen category, Paul Botelho grew a 141-inch plant; Cara Liberati, 132-inches; Olivia McGowan, 101 1/2-inches. For bloom size, teen winners were, Cara Liberati, 7-inches; Paul Botelho, 6-inches, and Olivia Mc- Gowan, 4-inches.
Adult winners were Margaret Crowley, who grew a 136-inch plant; Dan Crowley, 133-inches, and Ken Lombardo, 124-inches. In the bloom size division, adult winners were, Nancy French and LuAnn Botelho, with a 13 1/2-inch flower; Bill Botelho, 13 3/8-inches and Dan Crowley, 13 1/4-inches.
Seniors who grew the tallest plants included Dorothy Denault, at 132 1/2-inches; Joseph Lesniak, 113 1/2-inches, and Rose Hinkley, at 103-inches. Seniors who grew the widest blooms were Rose Hinkley, at 11-inches; Dorothy Denault, with a 10 1/4-inch flower and Peter Denault, at 10-inches.
Ribbons were presented to the winners in each category by the staff of the Secret Garden.