Get lost in a-MAZE-ing fall fun this year

  • Jim Ingram
  • Staff Writer
6:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 What To Do

Who doesn’t like challenging their wits and skill against the wily notions of a farmer and what he or she does with a cornfield on a brisk autumn day? 

There are some excellent mazes near Dayton that range from a minor obstacle to mind-numbingly mystifying.  

Here are a few of our favorites:

🌽= Perfect for kids of all ages

🌽🌽 = You might get lost

🌽🌽🌽= Have a search party on standby

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Tasty treats await you at the end of Cowvin's Corny Maze.

Open now through Oct. 29, the more than 3.5-acre maze wraps around to more than a mile of pathways. But there’s more to it than just finding your way out. While you probably won’t find the Goblin King within this Labyrinth, you will be given questions, and the answers will help lead you out of the maze. The maze is open on weekends only from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Sept. 23, after which it will be open every day during those hours.

Young’s Dairy says the maze was designed with children in mind and they haven’t lost a guest in more than a decade. So, if you get lost, I wouldn’t suggest telling anyone.

The average time spent in Cowvin’s Corny Maze is between 20 and 40 minutes.

When you’re out of the maze, check out tons of other activities at Young’s including animals, mini-golf, slides, batting cages and more. Plus ice cream!

$6.50 (ages 5 and up); children under 5 admitted free. Children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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Bonnybrook Farms on State Route 132 in Clarksville features a 5-acre Crazed Corn Maze. Clues to solve the corn maze are based on characters like Thomas Edison and Wright Brothers in the farmΒ’s Adventure Wagon Ride and are located throughout the corn. The Crazed Corn Maze is a traditional design says owner Bonnie Mercuri and is fun for all ages. http://bonnybrookfarms.com/fallfarmdays/ TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Bonnybrook Farms, about 45 minutes south of Dayton in Clarksville, features its Crazed Corn Maze as part of its Fall Farm Days celebration from Sept. 30- Oct. 29, noon to 6 p.m.   

Bonnybrook Farms adds a twist in navigating your way around the 6-acre maze. Challengers are asked a series of questions pertaining to local history throughout the journey. The directions they take all depend upon their answers. That said, the maze is designed so entire families can get in and get out in a reasonable amount of time.

If you’re an Ohio history buff, you can get out in about 20 minutes. If you’re not into bringing up the past, it’ll be about a half hour.

There are a number of other things to do at Fall Farm Days, including petting farm animals, Clodhopper Golf, Giant Slingshots, archery, wagon and pony rides and more.

Admission and parking are free.

Children 4 and under are admitted free to most attractions with a paid adult admission. The Crazed Corn Maze costs $7 (or two tickets). Farm wristbands, allowing unlimited access to other Fall Farm Days attractions, can be purchased for $30 each.

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The Niederman Family Farm corn maze for 2017 looks challenging.

The Niederman Family Farm has been in operation through four generations, dating back to 1948. The family began offering attractions like tours, paintball, hayrides, a pumpkin patch and a corn maze to offset the rising costs of farming. This year’s Fall Fest runs from Sept. 22 to Oct. 29.

The farm is open Fridays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday hours from 6 p.m. to 9p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesdays are available for large groups.

The farm has made their 14-acre maze a little more challenging in recent years. So it’s certainly possible you’ll take a wrong turn somewhere. 

The maze takes about 15 minutes, but, if you’re the type that likes to look around before making your exit, it could take up to three hours.

The Niederman Family Farm sells various treats to help you stay energized for your journey through the maze.

Admission is $11 at the gate. You can get a slight discount by ordering your tickets through their website. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

🌽🌽🌽TOM'S MAZE AND PUMPKIN FARM

Corn Mazes

The folks at Tom’s Maze like to boast that “it’s more than just a regular corn maze.” This being their 20th anniversary, they’ve turned their eight-acre cornfield into a commemorative puzzle, which you have to solve to help you get through it. There’s three miles of pathways to make your way through in the process. The maze is open Sept. 15 through Nov. 5; Thursdays (noon to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday (noon to 10 p.m.) and Sunday (noon to 6 p.m.).

Most assuredly. This wasn’t nominated as one of the top 10 corn mazes in the state for nothing. There are various bridges and 12 puzzle pieces to locate. If you get frustrated, there are helpers within the labyrinth to help you out. Water stations are also located at the bridges to quench your thirst, but the main bridge you’re looking for is Victory Bridge.

The staff at Tom's Maze says most people make it through in about an hour during the daylight hours. However, it can take two hours or more once the sun goes down.

Hayrides and orchard rides are available. The farm also offers a kids play area, pumpkin painting, a corn cannon, campfires and more.

$9 (children 5 and under admitted free with paid adult). Free admission for active duty military and vets with identification Sept. 15-17. 

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Getting there will be all the fun with Apple County Farm Market's maze.

This family-owned and operated farm uses its fall celebration to give back to the community by donating proceeds to the Greene Memorial Hospital Foundation Circle of Victory, which supports cancer patients in Greene County. The farm will be open Sept. 9 through Nov. 4, Fridays (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.), Saturdays (1 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and Sundays (1 p.m. to 9 p.m.).

Probably. The farm says it’s normal for people to get lost in the 11 acres of the “Maize” (get it?), which features two bridges and 10 stations to add to the difficulty. If you get lost, you can ask one of their helpful “Corn Cops” to point you in the right direction. However, if you’d like to bail out with as few witnesses as possible, there are halfway points cut into the maze to allow for an instant exit from the madness.

There is also an interactive “Simon Says” maze for children 5 and younger.

The Maize takes an hour to an hour and a half to complete.

Hayrides and orchard rides are available. The farm also offers a kids play area, pumpkin painting, a corn cannon, campfires and more.

Adults (14and up) are $9. Youth admission (13 and younger) is $7. Children 3 and under are admitted free.

Safari-themed corn maze at Idle-Hour Ranch near Troy from 2016.

Run by the Iddings family since 1999, this animal sanctuary was opened to the public in 2007. However, it’s only open for 66 days out of the year, so it’s best to take advantage when you can. This year’s corn maze is open Friday and Saturday (noon to 10 p.m.) and Sunday (noon to 6 p.m.), from Sept. 8 to Nov. 5.

There’s a good chance you will. You must collect messages located at 22 stations hidden within the six-acre maze and complete a booklet. Those who make it out the fastest are in the running for a free season pass for next year.

A kids maze is also available.

It takes about an hour and a half to get through the large maze. It takes about 15 minutes to successfully negotiate the kids maze.

Idle-Hour Ranch also offers hayrides, bonfires, movies shown on the barn up until 10 p.m. as part of their Flashlight Nights on Fridays and Saturdays.

Before 6 p.m.: $10 (ages 3-12), $12 (ages 13 and up), $10 (ages 65 and up)

After 6 p.m.: $10 per person (ages 5 and under admitted free).

Special rates for military and first responders.

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