Corn Maze at “Old” McDonald’s Farm

by Bill Hughes on September 15, 2014 at 8:13 am

Old McDonald has a farm, and on that farm he has a corn maze.

Along with a maze, James McDonald and his wife have a petting zoo, pumpkin patch and even hayrides. This is the eighth year that McDonald and his wife have cut through their cornfield to create the maze. This year, they even created a special design. The "I love 4-H" pattern was inspired by the 100th year of extension, which operates 4-H. McDonald said that he likes to make the maze simple so people can get in and out within a half hour since there is fun to be had outside of the maze as well.

"It’s just good family fun," McDonald said. "To make a tradition, to have that experience, to see them kids back there on the hay wagon ride with their eyes wide open, and they’re grinning and they’re seeing a cow walk up to the wagon. They’ve never experienced that before, and it’s fun to be able to do that."

There is a $5 entry fee to enjoy the maze and see all that the McDonald has on his farm. He hopes that opening his land to the public each year gives children the opportunity to play on a farm: just like he did when he grew up.

"I grew up on the farm, running the hills, through the cornfields and picking my own pumpkins, things that we’ve done on the farm for years and years and years," McDonald said. "Most children, every generation that goes by is further and further removed from the farm. This way they all have an opportunity to come out to the farm."

The farm is open to the public every Thursday-Saturday from now till the end of October. 

Times are as follows:

Saturdays; 10:00a.m.-7:00p.m.

Sundays: 1:00p.m.-6:00p.m.

Thursdays in October: 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m.

Fridays in October: 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m., 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m.