Annual sunflower contest honors memory of beloved son

NOW: Annual sunflower contest honors memory of beloved son

LA PORTE COUNTY, Ind. - A 7-year-old boy died just before he could make it to the annual La Porte Sunflower Fair. Each year, a contest at the fair honors his memory.

Even as Wyatt Wilke became ill, he was hoping to make it to the annual fair.

Wilke died the day of the sunflower contest but his parents still decided to honor his wish, entering his giant sunflower into the contest.

His sunflower ended up winning first place.

For the past 13 years, the Sunflower Fair has honored Wyatt's memory by renaming the contest The Wyatt Wilke Memorial.

If you would like to enter the contest, you can find more information here.

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