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.
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.
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!
To see larger graphic click on the farm above.
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)
Pumpkins will be available for purchase. Price is 50 cents per pound with a $1 per pumpkin minimum.
25¢ per container of feedCorn Cannon
$3.00 to shoot 9 ears of corn
Flower Bouquet Picking
$2.00 per tripBottle Blaster
3 shots for $3.oo
DewVille Express Train Ride
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
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
Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday : 1 pm – 6 pm
All Guests 4 and up: $10 + tax
Children 3 and under: FREE
SEASON PASSES — $25.00 + tax per person
Rocky Creek Maze on the Chaloupka Farm in Moulton, Texas
Fall 2012 Hours
Fridays 5-9 pm in October, closed Fridays in November
Sundays 2-6 pm
Haunted Trail is open: Fridays & Saturdays, October 12 to October 27
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
South Texas MAiZE is located on US Highway 90 East in Hondo, TX.
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 $$), rent a campfire with table and hay bales for four hours. The family starts and maintains the fire. You may bring your own food to cook over the fire or reserve a hot dog and marshmallow package ($$).
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.