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Please Wash Me Car Wash, Sunflower Field 

by Iliana Perez, Alvernia University

Sep 30, 2019

Rick Frey, a car wash owner, planted sunflowers to catch customers’ attention near his business, but now it is the most visited spots in Elverson, Pennsylvania, near Twin Valley Elementary Center, thirty minutes away from Reading, Pa. This field is also near Please Wash Me Car Wash. Even though you can’t cut the sunflowers and take them home, they are always great for picture time!

Frey has owned Please Wash Me Car Wash for fifteen years. Nine years ago is when he decided to plant sunflowers when his business was falling. When he noticed his business was falling it was because the farmers nearby planted corn that grew up to cover his business. Visiting to see the sunflowers has been free and also it is open 24/7. In 2018, about 100,000 people visited his wonderful field of sunflowers. In 2017, there have been 11 proposals, so this is a beautiful place where people would get engaged.

“It’s very emotional,” Freid said. “Everybody comes for a different reason”, after his interview with NBC. People go there to take pictures with their families, dogs, pregnancy and also newborns. People end up thanking Frey by giving him a bunch of hugs, but also even washing their cars after a great day. It’s just two dollars.  

 Sunflowers can be beautiful and brighten up your day, but they do not last as long, they last up to five to twelve days, but if you really take care of them they can extend. To grow sunflowers it takes up to 80 to 120 days so imagine how impatient you are to see them grow fully, but no other flower can lift up someone’s spirit quite like a sunflower. Unfortunately when the sunflowers die they do not bloom again. People were so excited about when the sunflowers bloom. So Freid’s wife had to make a Facebook account and post videos and lives so people can see how beautiful the sunflowers bloom. Their Facebook account up to date has 15,000 likes, 16,000 followers, 291 photos and 34 videos, this shows how much people do care about what he did for them.

“I think I’ll hurt people if I stopped this,” Freid said. This is the sign of people how much they love to see it every year, it has become part of their life. People from different regions go by to see the beautiful sunflowers and also to take pictures. 

Many people love sunflowers because they are a symbol of faith, loyalty, and adoration. Sunflower has a history of healing, to treat kidneys, chest pain, and pulmonary troubles. Also, as you might not know sunflowers can be used as scrubbing pads. The seeds convert into disposable scrubbing pads to help clean the tough parts in your body. Why miss another year without seeing some beautiful sunflowers? Go out next year, 2020, in the summer with your family to take some awesome pictures and it is free. Hopefully it can be in your bucket list.

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