September 10, 2008

News Release

For Immediate Release

Rutledge-Wilson Farm Introduces Corn Maze

The Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park, 3825 W. Farm Road 146, kicks-off the fall season with a number of unique events, including a 10-acre corn maze shaped into a tractor.

Harvest Fest runs 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28. The following activities are planned: Demonstrations of sheep shearing, horseshoeing, dog herding, spinning and weaving, and trick roping; Native American food samples and music, along with items for sale; Booths featuring woodcarvings for sale, face painting, grinding corn to feed chickens, and corn husk doll making. Bluegrass bands Lost Hill will play from 6 – 9 p.m., Saturday, and Missouri Mountain Gang will play from 6 – 9 p.m., Sunday. Hayrides with Clydesdale horses also are available for $3 (age 4 and older).

The Farm’s first corn maze also will open the same weekend through Friday, Oct. 31. The 10-acre corn maze was designed into the shape of a tractor and offers two levels of difficulty, youth/adult and toddler/parent, both with separate non-connecting entrances and exits.

After Harvest Fest weekend, the corn maze will then be open from 5 – 9 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays; and noon – 9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, through October. Admission to the maze is $5, 12 years and older; $3, 5 – 11 years of age; free for kids under 5 years of age. The maze is available to groups from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday – Friday. Groups should call (417) 837-5949 for times and cost.

A pick-your-own pumpkin patch is available during the same times as the maze. Pumpkins are $4 each. Hayrides with Clydesdale horses are available every Friday – Sunday during the month of October for $3 (age 4 and older).

The Farm Park also will feature a “Fall Little Farmers – Giddee Up! Round Up!” four-week session through the month of October. The program is for parents and children ages four and five, and lasts one hour. Program includes farm stories, craft project, and interaction with farm animals. The session runs 11 a.m. – noon, Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25. Call (417) 837-5949 for more information or to sign-up.

For more information, media contact: Amy Dooley, Farm Park Coordinator, (417) 837-5944.

View a photo of the corn maze.