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Corn Mazes Provide Family Fun

CyberCelt | September 24, 2012 in Animals,Family Fun,Gardens/Tours,Holidays,Nature,RV Travel | Comments (1)

Maize or Corn?

Maize is the name for many varieties of the tall grass among those who speak the Queen’s English. Corn is the name for maize in North America.


Corn is a grain, although people have long used it as a starch or vegetable.  It is one of the oldest cultivated grains.  Corn does not seed itself, so it relies on man to plant and to cultivate and for water and harvest.  This role man has fulfilled for centuries. Now, corn is being repurposed in some areas.  The purpose?  Provide fun and frivolity for children of all ages.

Corn in Texas

A drought has taken hold of Texas and many farmers have seen their corn crops whither and die in the field.  Never held down for long, Texans have cleared paths through the failed corn crop and unleashed their creativity on connecting paths in a maze.  The subsequent works of art are beautiful when viewed from above and confusing on the ground.

path through corn maze

Fall is Finally Here

Fall arrived with slightly cooler weather, but no rain.  However, as usual, we have gone maze crazy in Texas. You must visit one of the popular mazes this fall.  Grab the youngsters and the teens because they are going to have a blast.

New this year! At’l Do Farm Maize, Lubbock, Texas

At’l Do is in its 12th year, so expect a smooth operation. Credit cards, something not usually accepted, are taken. Admission if $4 for non-maze people and the little mazers get in for $8.

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Dewberry Farm

One of my favorite mazes is just outside Katy, Texas. The Dewberry Farm: Corn Maze and Family Farm Fun! has an eight acre corn maze, an eight-acre Pumpkin Patch, an eight-acre playground and a log fort!

fall family fun, corn maze, christmas trees

To see larger graphic click on the farm above.

Prices

Children 2 and under: FREE General Admission
Kids (age 3-54) $12.00 (tax included)
Seniors 55+ $9.00 (tax included)
Military and Law Enforcement $10.00 (tax included)
For groups of 15 or more paying guests, there is a discount of $1.00 off the admission ticket.

General Admission Includes

Wagon ride to Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Cow Train Ride, Fort DewHickey, Hay Mountain, Giant Roller Slide, Black Momba, Singing Chickens, Barnyard Area, Rubber Duck Races, Pig Races, HorseShoo Pond in WhereMill Park with games, Farmer Flinger, Little Farmersville, Corn Box, Flower Patch, Photo Ops, Giant Tube Slides, Spring Town, Tether Ball, Strong Man Bell Ringers, and the Armadillo Choo choo wooden train

Special Activities (additional fee)

Purchase Pumpkins
Pumpkins will be available for purchase. Price is 50 cents per pound with a $1 per pumpkin minimum.

Goat Feeding
25¢ per container of feedCorn Cannon
$3.00 to shoot 9 ears of corn

Pedal Carts
$3.00 for all day pass

Kidilla Hoppers
$3.00 for all day pass

Pony Rides
$5.00 a ride

Gemstone Mining
bags of ‘rough’ $5.00

Flower Bouquet Picking
$5.00 per bouquet cup

Black Hole
$2.00 per tripBottle Blaster
3 shots for $3.oo

Punkin Hollar
$3.00 per stroll

Slide Mountain
$3.00 for all-day pass

Face Painting
$3.00 and up

DewVille Express Train Ride
$3.00 per person per ride

Zip Lines
$3.00 for all-day pass

Hours of Operation

Open to the Public Weekends Only!
Saturdays – 10am to Dusk
Sundays – Noon to Dusk

Note: They open again on November 23 as the Dewberry Christmas Tree Farm. Admittance to farm is free at this time.

  • Take a hayride to the “forest” on the back 40
  • Search the Christmas Forest for the right tree
  • Cut your tree (we furnish saw)
  • Ride back  to Santa’s Workshop for tree baling
  • Check out the country store and all the fun activities for children of all ages
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Fiddlesticks Farms is on the east side of Midland off  I-20

Look for the big red barn on the south side of County Road 120. Play in the cornfield maze or take a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin. Visit the Learning Barn and see baby farm animals, live milking demonstration, and get the feeling of real farm life.  Jump on the hay pile, slide down the tube slide or potato sack slide.  The pumpkin blaster and cow train are just a few more places to have big fun.

2012 Fall Season

October 6 –  November 24

October Hours

Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday : 1 pm – 6 pm

November Hours

Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday : Closed
**The farm is closed to the public during the week of Thanksgiving. We will be open Saturday, November 24th which is the last day of our season!
Farm General Admission Tickets

All Guests 4 and up: $10 + tax
Children 3 and under: FREE
SEASON PASSES — $25.00 + tax per person

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Rocky Creek Maze on the Chaloupka Farm in Moulton, Texas

Fall 2012 Hours

Fridays   5-9 pm in October, closed Fridays in November
Saturdays 10am-9pm
Sundays    2-6 pm
Haunted Trail  is open: Fridays & Saturdays, October 12 to October 27

Tickets

Adult ages 12-up: $10 per person
Children ages 4-11: $8 per person
Seniors ages 65-up: $8 per person

Regular admission includes unlimited access to the cornfield maze, mini mazes, slides, hayrides, barrel train rides, and butterfly garden.

Extra Attraction Charges

Corn Cannon 3 ears for $1|
Frog Hopper
10 minutes for $2
Duck Races – 1 duck for $0.50
Haunted Trail: $7 plus regular admission

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South Texas MAiZE is located on US Highway 90 East in  Hondo, TX.

2012 Season

Open September 22 through November 25

Hours of Operation

Open Friday: 5 – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: Noon – 5pm

Adults (3-64): $10.00+tax
Seniors (65+): $8.00+tax
Children 2 and under are free!

Located on the Graff Family Farm, the maize is a 7-acre labyrinth of twists, turns, and dead ends carved into stalks over your head. There is a huge trampoline called the corn popper and a barrel train for the children. Slide down the tube slide or watch the Boer goats manage the two-story goat walk. There is a separate area, complete with swings, slide,  hay pyramid and tractor, for the little folk.  For something different (and $$), rent a campfire with table and hay bales for four hours.  The family starts and maintains the fire.  You may bring your own food to cook over the fire or reserve a hot dog and marshmallow package ($$).

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YesterLand Farm in Canton, Texas

2012 Fall Season

Weekends September 22 – November 11
Columbus Day, October 8
September & November Saturdays 10am – 6pm
October Saturdays 10am – 10pm
Sundays noon – 6pm
Columbus Day 10am – 6pm

Fall Farm Admission

Ages 3 – 54 yrs $10
Seniors (55 + yrs) $ 8
Active or Retired Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighters and First-Responders $8 with valid ID
Children 2 & under – Free

Farm Admission includes

Farm admittance, Corn Maze, Wagon Train rides, Giant Slide, Pork Chop Downs Pig Races, Farm Zoo, Rubber Duck Races, Play Area, Kiddie Western Play Town, Watch the Pumpkin Movie in the giant Tipi, Dress the Scarecrow, use of the Picnic Pavilion.

Rides are not included.  Most are 2 tickets; $1 per ticket.

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So, check the weather and then go out and enjoy a fall day and evening in the outdoors with your family. It is big fun!  Make sure to check the weather, because most of the mazes do not operate in the rain.  Pack a jacket, bug spray and sunscreen (this is TEXAS).  Do not forget your camera.  I guarantee you will take at least one priceless picture of a loved one with hay in his/her hair!

 


August Events in Hilll Country

CyberCelt | August 19, 2012 in Animals,BBQ,Events,Fairs/Festivals,Family Fun,Food/Wine,Motor Sports,Rodeos,RV Travel | Comments (0)

City……………………….. Event ………………………………………Date(s)

Historic Gruene Ol Gruene Market Days 18-19
Historic Gruene Come and Taste It at the Grapevine Texas Wine Bar 23
Fredericksburg 124th Gillespie County Fair and Antique Tractor & Engine Club Heritage Show 23-26
Fredericksburg Gillespie County Fair Parade 24
Historic Gruene Friday Afternoon Club at Gruene Hall 24
Fredericksburg Gillespie County Fair Livestock Shows 24-26
Bandera Cowboys on Main 25
Bellville Spring Creek Bluegrass Club Show & Jam 25
Boerne Cibolo Songs & Stories and Hot Rod Nights at Soda Pops 25
Buda Downtown Farmers Market 25
Comfort Farmers Market 25
Cuero 4th Annual Chamber of Commerce World Series of Cuero Fundraiser 25
Kerrville Kerr County Market Days 25
Fredericksburg Live Pari-Mutuel Horse Racing 25-26
Stonewall 16th Annual Grape Stomp at Becker Vineyards 25-26
Stonewall LBJ 104th Birthday Celebration at the Lyndon B. Johnson State and National Historical Parks 27
Fredericksburg Farmers Market 30
Historic Gruene Come and Taste It at the Grapevine Texas Wine Bar 30
La Grange Fayette Country Fair 30-31
Bertram Oatmeal Festival 31 – Sept 1
Bandera Celebrate Bandera 31 – Sept 2
Boerne Kendall County Fair 31 – Sept 2
Kerrville Wine & Music Festival 31 – Sept 2
Sargent VFW BBQ Cook-off 31 – Sept 2

They Are Here! See the Perseus Meteor Show this Weekend.

CyberCelt | August 11, 2012 in Family Fun,Skywatching | Comments (0)

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Skywatching August 2012

Perseids Meteor Shower

The annual Perseid meteor shower should be visible in the night sky for the next few nights, with the peak expected this Saturday night/Saturday morning through Sunday night/Monday morning. The meteors appear to come from Perseus; however, they are part of the debris trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle. The Earth travels through this debris every August.

Lay down and keep your eyes on the sky and use your peripheral vision to keep an eye on the horizon.  You will view the Perseus showers.

constellations in August sky

I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.

~Vincent Van Gogh

 


Blue Starlite Drive In Theatre in Austin

CyberCelt | July 16, 2012 in Day Trips,Family Fun,Performing Arts,RV Travel | Comments (0)

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StarLite Mini Urban Drive Inn

The last time I went to a drive-in, it had old school speakers that hung on your open window.    If you were raised before the 1970s, drive-ins might have been a big part of your dating scene.  Did you cruise the strip, looking for friends and admirers? Did everyone pile in the car to go to the drive-in?

Life was pretty good. Gas was a quarter a gallon and driving and cars were stops on the path to becoming “grown up.”  Drive-ins were social places, where gossip, love and heartbreak were just as real as the movie of the day.

The  thrill is back. Visit Blue Starlite Drive-in in Austin. Get all the information you need on the website at:  bluestarlitedrivein.com. I would suggest the $45 package for 4 people.  You get parking, popcorn, cokes, candy–served by an honest to God carhop.

Date: July 27 and 28, 9 pm (*)

Blue Starlite Drive-in

1901 E. 51st

Austin, Texas

bluestarlitedrivein.com

(*) check website for schedule, usually every other weekend in July. There may be another show at 11:15 pm.

Movies:

Blue Starlite Urban Mini Drive-In - Austin Film Society Summer Series @ The Blue presents:  Grindhouse: Planet Terror

July 27, 2012 @ 9 pm

Blue Starlite Urban Mini Drive-In - Austin Film Society Summer Series @ The Blue presents: Spy Kids
June 28, 2012 @ 9 pm


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