Ohio State Corn Maze

by Brittany Harris on September 13, 2010 at 1:32 am

The traditional farm is beginning to change.

It’s shaping up to to be an a-maze-ing day at the McDonald’s Greenhouse on Adamsville Road. The McDonald family has been inviting the public out to it’s 150 acre property for the past five years.

"Agritainment is the name of the concept of bringing public and general public and consumers out to your farm. Farming isn’t what your father and grandfather use to do, you have to be a little bit more creative and keep up with the times to make a profit to support your family," said Susan McDonald.

One of the biggest features for the family fun days is the five acre Ohio State Corn Maze. McDonald says they plant seeds in May, and once the corn grows knee high, they start designing. In past years, they’ve created Noah’s Arc, a Jack O’Latern, Old McDonald, and a John Deere Tractor.

She says the maze takes about 15-20 minutes to get through, they offer a beginner course and an expert course, but that’s not the only activity they offer here.

"As a part of your admission you’re also welcome to go on a hay wagon ride, you can go through the petting zoo, you can go down a big giant slide that’s propped up on a hay bale," said McDonald.

She says they often schedule group visits for youth groups, schools and also daycares.

"It all depends on the weather, and each year our numbers have grown, so we’re really pleased, we’re also able to pull a lot from Guernsey, Coshocton, Morgan counties," said the owner.

With a 50 acre pumpkin patch, visitors are now allowed to pick their own pumpkin and even paint it.

"We have pumpkins, corn shucks, straw bales, it’s a little bit early for pumpkins yet, but we picked a few just to get started. And then we have fifteen acres that we’ll be picking over the next couple of weeks."

Group appointments can be schedule during the week, while the public is invited to attend on the weekends. The family fun days will be held until Halloween.