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Town orders Sunflowers of Sanborn to shut down events

The Town of Cambria is casting a dark cloud over the Sunflowers of Sanborn.

Early last week, town officials served the couple who operate the popular nature attraction, a well-known venue for selfies, with a cease and desist order.

They claim the sunflower farm's operations, including a Halloween celebration next month, are in violation of Cambria's zoning ordinance.

The farm, located at 5432 Baer Road, is in an area zoned residential and, in recent years, has attracted large crowds to its special events.

At an event in August, an estimated 50 vendors also showed up at the farm.

The owners, Chad and Louise Brachmann, could not be reached to comment Saturday, but the farm's Facebook page featured a photo of the cease and desist order and asked for community backing.

"We will be open this weekend," the post states. "Come out and support us!"

In the order, town officials detail the zoning dispute at the heart of the matter and warn the Brachmanns of the numerous violations they could face if they refuse to shut down their business.

Not surprisingly, the town's actions have created a backlash among Sunflowers of Sanborn lovers.

"Are you kidding me???," one woman said in her Facebook message. "Town Hall just found out about this??? What a shame. A place for family and friends to gather and spend a fun day without spending a fortune!"

"This is ridiculous and sad," said another fan of the farm. "We love it here and look forward to it every year. We were excited for all the new fall festivities you guys added this year. We support you all the way! Let us know what we can do to help."

Not everyone trashed the town and many noted the large crowds at recent events.

"While this stinks, permits and zoning are put in place for a reason," said one resident. "Proper channels must be gone through for business."

Another Facebook message pointed to the event in August.

"I think when they got more than 50 vendors setting up stands on the property, they may have gone too far for the town's liking," said one man.

Town officials could not be reached to comment Saturday.

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